Steven Loft

He addresses issues of cultural identity, human rights, and communication, and provides new perspectives on Indigenous art and cultural discourse.

2010 Visiting Trudeau Fellow

The director of the Aboriginal Arts Office of the Canada Council for the Arts, Steven Loft, of Mohawk-Jewish heritage, is a curator, writer and media artist. Born in Hamilton, he studied at McMaster University and Humber College of Applied Arts. Loft was the Artistic Director of the Native Indian/Inuit Photographers Association (NIIPA) and the First Nations curator at the Art Gallery of Hamilton during the 1990s. In 2002, he became the Director of the Urban Shaman Gallery, Winnipeg, Canada's largest Aboriginal artist-run centre. In December 2007, he became the first to hold the two-year position of curator-in-residence, Indigenous Art, at the National Gallery of Canada (NGC). His exhibitions there, which included "Culture Shock", "Back to the Beginning" and "Steeling the Gaze", presented highly contemporary First Nations art that incorporated abstraction, photography and multi-media, and broke new ground in contextualizing Aboriginal art practices. Loft has also written extensively on Aboriginal art and aesthetics for magazines, catalogues and arts publications. Loft co-editedTransference, Technology, Tradition: Aboriginal Media and New Media Art, published by the Banff Centre Press in 2005. His video works, which include A History in Two Parts, 2510037901, TAX THIS! and Out of the Darkness have been screened at festivals and galleries across Canada and internationally.

  • October 17, 2012
    Four members of the Trudeau community have recently been interviewed by various media outlets. 2012 Trudeau scholars Carla Suarez and Michael Pal, 2010 Visiting Trudeau fellow Steven Loft, and 2004 Trudeau scholar Robert Huish have discussed their current projects or subjects related to their research.
  • February 1, 2012
    2010 Visiting Trudeau Fellow Steven Loft will be doing a lecture, entitled "Lies your nation told you: Aboriginal art and the Canadian state", on February 2, 2012, in Toronto. This lecture will be of interest to those working or studying in art history, public history, First Nations studies, media studies as well as literature. This event will be followed by a public magazine launch and reception at McIntosh Gallery.