Wanda Nanibush is an Anishinaabe-kwe artist, curator, activist and community organizer from Beausoleil First Nation, near Penetanguishene, Ontario. She is presently based in Toronto where she is Curator of Indigenous Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario.
Nanibush did her undergraduate studies at Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, where she overlapped with Tariq Gordon, Embassy Cultural House Managing Editor and Website Developer. They worked together on Arthur, Trent’s student newspaper. She went on to receive her M.A. in Visual Studies from University of Toronto where she has also taught graduate courses. Nanibush has published widely on Indigenous art, politics, history and feminism and sexuality.
In 2017, she curated the ground-breaking exhibition Toronto: Tributes + Tributaries, 1971 - 1989 for the AGO and edited the accompanying exhibition publication in 2018. She curated the AGO's survey exhibition on Rebecca Belmore, Surveying the Monumental (2019), which toured extensively across Canada.
Nanibush is the author of the book Violence No More: The Rise of Indigenous Women (2018). Some of her works also include contributions to the books, Women in a Globalizing World: Equality, Development, Diversity and Peace and This is an Honour Song: Twenty Years since the Blockades. She co-edited York University’s InTensions journal on “The Resurgence of Indigenous Women’s Knowledge and Resistance in Relation to Land and Territoriality”, as well as catalogue essays on Indigenous artists Jeff Thomas, Adrian Stimson, and Rebecca Belmore, with whom she often collaborates. Since Nanibush’s appointment as Curator at the AGO, nearly one-third of all artists featured are indigenous. This led the New York Times to call her "one of the most powerful voices for Indigenous culture in the North American art world.”