Lois Klassen (she/her) is an artist, writer and researcher working and living on traditional and unceded Coast Salish territory of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ  (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations in what is known now as Vancouver, Canada.

 

Known for long-range art projects that invite and engage participants in collective actions, her projects address social and political concerns – deliberately facing ethical demand with social, aesthetic and material methods. Klassen's artworks have been hosted by Dunlop Gallery, Santa Fe Art Institute, Plug In ICA Summer Institute, MAWA, The Glenbow Museum, The Western Front, HubM3 (University of Salford), Banff New Media Institute, and more. Lois Klassen is the founder of Light Factory Publications that includes the artist project Reading the Migration Library and the imprint Present Cartographers. Klassen's research and writing takes up ethics and participatory art practices—a topic she covers for the Canadian Association of Research Ethics Boards Circle of Experts.

 

Lois Klassen is a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow, criticalMediArtStudio (cMAS), School of Interactive Arts and Technology (Simon Fraser University). Klassen is a 2020 Fulbright Scholar (Center for Inter-American Border Studies and the Ruben Center for the Visual Arts, University of Texas El Paso), a graduate of Cultural Studies, Queen's University (PhD), Emily Carr University of Art + Design (Master of Applied Art), University of British Columbia (Diploma of Art History) and University of Manitoba (Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation).

Photo - E. Yon

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Photo - C. Wiebe