Lois Klassen is an artist, writer and researcher based in Vancouver, Canada. Known for long-range 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 Santa Fe Art Institute, The Glenbow Museum, The Western Front, HubM3 (University of Salford), Banff New Media Institute, and more. Lois 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). Her PhD dissertation (Cultural Studies, Queen's University, 2018) focused on ethics and participation in art. She earned a Master of Applied Art at Emily Carr University of Art + Design (Vancouver, Canada) in 2011, and a Diploma of Art History from University of British Columbia (Vancouver) in 2008.
Light Factory Publications is an artist book and chapbook publishing service which Klassen has operated on an itinerant basis since the last millennium, when she was an active participant in mail art networks and small press culture.
As a settler artist working and living on unceded the Coast Salish territory of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, I am humbled by the long and difficult journey of justice for Indigenous peoples, in territories across Turtle Island and beyond. I am committed to respectfully making this journey in allegiance in my art, research and writing through learning, witnessing and taking action.
Lois Klassen in Jeremy Todd's Not Sent Letters & Guests, 2018. Photo by Alisha Weng.