Steven Loft

About Steven Loft

Steven Loft is a Mohawk of the Six Nations with Jewish heritage. A curator, scholar, writer and media artist, in 2010 he was named Trudeau National Visiting Fellow at Ryerson University in Toronto, where he is continuing his research into Indigenous art and aesthetics. Loft has held positons as Curator-In-Residence, Indigenous Art at the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa (2008-2010); Director/Curator of the Urban Shaman Gallery, Winnipeg (2002-2008); Aboriginal Curator at the Art Gallery of Hamilton (2000-2002); and Producer and Artistic Director of the Native Indian/Inuit Photographers’ Association (1993-1998). He has curated group and solo exhibitions across Canada and internationally, written extensively for magazines, catalogues and arts publications, and lectured widely in Canada and internationally. Loft co-edited Transference, Technology, Tradition: Aboriginal Media and New Media Art (Banff Centre Press, 2005) and is the editor of the forthcoming Coded Territories: Indigenous Pathways in New Media. This book of essays by artists, curators, and scholars frames the landscape of contemporary Aboriginal art, the influence of Western criticism and standards, and the liberating advent of accessible technologies including video and online media.