Suzanne Morrissette is a Cree-Metis artist, curator, and writer from Winnipeg. She has a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art & Design (2009) and an MFA from OCAD University (2011), and is currently a PhD Candidate in Social and Political Thought at York University. She has received SSHRC CGS and Provost Dissertation Scholarship support to complete her dissertation, which takes an interdisciplinary approach to investigate how demonstrations of Indigenous political knowledge have been interpreted as aggressive or anti-progress within contemporary liberal society that rests upon ideas of race. Her work analyzes the ways that artists respond to this characterization by involving diverse publics in imagining new relationships to Indigenous knowledge, rights, and claims to space. Morrissette has been invited to present her research at conferences and symposia nationally and internationally.
Morrissette’s artwork has been included in exhibitions including wnoondwaamin (we hear them) (2016), which will tour to four Canadian galleries between 2016 and 2018. Her work has been featured in Sidewalk Screenings at Whippersnapper Gallery (2014), North of Here at Harbourfront Centre (2014), Lake Effect at SCENE Metrospace (2012), and Best Before at the Graduate Gallery (Toronto, 2012). Her short piece of creative non-fiction was selected for publication in the award-winning anthology Manitowapow (2011).
Morrissette’s curatorial work includes such recent exhibitions as our land, together at Harbourfront Centre (2015), Surface & Symbol: works by Jean Marshall at the Ontario Crafts Council (2013) and Definitely Superior Art Gallery (2014), Blueprints for a Long Walk: works by Lisa Myers at Urban Shaman Gallery (2013), and Something About Encounter: works by Duane Linklater at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery (2013). Morrissette curated the group exhibition Setting: land which first opened in 2012 at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery and that later toured to four galleries across Ontario. She has received numerous grants from provincial and national agencies to support her artistic and curatorial practices.
Morrissette sits on the Aboriginal Education Council for OCAD U and has contributed to work in Indigenous arts organizations including: Urban Shaman (Winnipeg), Biindigaate Film Festival (Thunder Bay), and the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective (Toronto) as a member of the Board of Directors.