Tanya Lukin Linklater's performance collaborations, videos, and installations have been exhibited nationally and internationally. She is compelled by relationships between bodies, histories, poetry, pedagogy, Indigenous conceptual spaces and Indigenous languages, and institutions. Her work has been exhibited and performed at EFA Project Space + Performa, NYC, Museum of Contemporary Art Santiago, Chilé, SBC Gallery, Montreal, Western Front, Vancouver, Images Festival + Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto, Remai Modern, Saskatoon, Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, and elsewhere. In 2016 she presented He was a poet and he taught us how to react and become this poetry (Parts 1 and 2) at La Biennale de Montréal - Le Grand Balcon curated by Philippe Pirotte. This major work included video installation of Maria Tallchief (edited by Duane Linklater) and a collaborative performance with five dancers (Ceinwen Gobert, Hanako Hoshimi-Caines, Ivanie Aubin-Malo, Catherine Dagenais-Savard and Stacy Desiliér) that included open rehearsals and three performances at the Museé d'art contemporain de Montréal. Other collaborators in recent years include composer and musician, Laura Ortman, in NYC and cellist, Peggy Lee in Vancouver, dancers, Elisa Harkins, Miqu'el Dangeli, Ziyian Kwan, Ceinwen Gobert, Daina Ashbee and Emily Law (among others), writer, Leanne Simpson and artist, Duane Linklater.
In 2017, as a member of Wood Land School alongside Duane Linklater and cheyanne turions with Walter Scott, Tanya will participate in the slow exhibition, Kahatènhston tsi na’tetiátere ne Iotohrkó: wa tánon Iotohrha, Drawing a Line From January to December. For the duration of 2017, SBC Gallery will be renamed and operate as Wood Land School. For more information: http://www.sbcgallery.ca/ Wood Land School is participating in Under the Mango Tree - Ulterior Sites of Learning gathering for documenta14 in Kassel.
Tanya's poetry and essays have been published in C Magazine, BlackFlash Magazine, Yellow Medicine Review, Taos International Journal of Poetry and Art, Drunken Boat, Ice Floe, and in publications by Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program, Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery, Access Gallery, Western Front, and McLaren Art Centre. Tanya studied at University of Alberta (M.Ed.) and Stanford University (A.B. Honours) where she received the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship and the Louis Sudler Prize for Creative and Performing Arts. She was awarded the Chalmers Professional Development Grant in 2010 and the K.M. Hunter Artist Award in Literature in 2013. She originates from the Native Villages of Afognak and Port Lions in southern Alaska and is based in northern Ontario, Canada. http://tanyalukinlinklater.com