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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 The Ogimaa Mikana Project, an artist collective working to reclaim and rename the roads and landmarks of Toronto with Anishinaabemowin and is a member of the Indigenous Routes artist collective which works to provide free new media training for Indigenous youth. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography and a Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies from the University of Manitoba, a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Windsor in Integrated Media, and is currently a PhD student in Social Justice Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (University of Toronto).
During CAFKA.18 Susan Blight's work Guided by Streams will be installed at 500 King Street West in Kitchener. Also, during CAFKA.18 Susan Blight's work will be featured as part of the exhibition Post Script at the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery.
Guided by Streams is an installation comprised of a series of five rectangular attention flags installed on flagpoles. Each flag is custom digitally printed and dual sided with an image and text. Viewed together the series activates a non-linear narrative of the history of the land and thanks Indigenous peoples for their stewardship.

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The title alludes to one of the ways that Indigenous peoples organized communities in the region. The installation of the flagpoles will replicate the movement of streams and will help shape the site as one that invites viewers in.


The five flags in the schematic above represent from (left to right) the cities of Kitchener and Waterloo in the Grand River watershed; a milkweed plant, indigenous to the geographical region and an important plant for migrating monarch butterflies; "Niawen," the word for "Thank you" in Haudenosaunee; a schematic map of the Haldimand Tract representing the cities of Kitchener and Waterloo; and "Miigwech," the word for "Thank you" in Anishinaabe.

Guided by Streams has been made possible with the support of the Region of Waterloo.

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The Big Ideas in Art and Culture lecture series is a co-production of Musagetes and CAFKA. 

The Musagetes Foundation is concerned with the role the arts can play in addressing the faultlines of modern society. Musagetes is a hub for activist interventions that advance the role of the arts in modern life. It operates mainly by convening – by creating living experiences, some small, some large, that bring people together to articulate social needs, generate ideas and spark action.

CAFKA initiates conversations around public space and the social and critical functions of art. CAFKA's programming seeks resonance and support in the community where issues of ecology, marginalized communities, cultural participation, technology and urban life overlap with the issues addressed by contemporary artists.

Photo of Guided by Streams by Gordon Hatt