The Capilano Review is thrilled to announce that Susan Blight will be joining us as an Associate Editor this year, curating our newly expanded Indigenous Places and Names series. This series will highlight work by Indigenous authors and artists exploring notions of place, language, naming, and identity. We are excited for the ways that Susan’s wide-ranging and innovative artistic practice and academic work will shape this project.
Susan Blight (Anishinaabe, Couchiching First Nation) is an interdisciplinary artist working with public art, site-specific intervention, photography, film, and social practice. Her solo and collaborative work engages questions of personal and cultural identity and its relationship to space. Susan is co-founder of Ogimaa Mikana, an artist collective working to reclaim and rename the roads and landmarks of Anishinaabeg territory with Anishinaabemowin, and is a member of the Indigenous Routes artist collective which works to provide free new media training for Indigenous youth. She is currently a PhD candidate in Social Justice Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (UofT) and her dissertation looks at the visual and spatial formations of Anishinaabeg geographies of resistance. Susan is Chair in Indigenous Visual Culture at OCAD University and an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Arts & Science.
Stay tuned for further updates on this series as it is rolled out in coming months.