23 SEP 22 UNTIL 8 JAN 23

Tanya Lukin Linklater

My mind is with the weather

Alvin Balkind Gallery


The practice of Tanya Lukin Linklater is at once an exploration and articulation of insistence. Across works encompassing performance, video, installation, and writing, Lukin Linklater traces the expansive ways Indigenous knowledges, histories and structures have been embodied and sustained amidst colonialisms’ systemic dispossessions. Centering her focus in and through the body, her works map continuance as an iterative practice, often most powerfully enacted through relational gestures such as conversation, movement, listening and touch.


At the Contemporary Art Gallery, Lukin Linklater presents An amplification through many minds (2019), a work that extends from her close engagement with a collection of Alutiiq/Sugpiaq and Unagan belongings originating from her homelands in southern Alaska and the Aleutian Chain, now held by the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology in Berkeley. This video follows Lukin Linklater and a trio of dancers through the process of developing a choreographic score for these displaced belongings that is subsequently performed in the museum’s storage vaults. A gesture towards both restoration and repatriation, this piece is accompanied by a series of new works on paper that index the artist’s presence through land and movement alike.


Tanya Lukin Linklater: My mind is with the weather is co-organized by the Contemporary Art Gallery, Oakville Galleries and the Southern Alberta Art Gallery.


Tanya Lukin Linklater

“The sky held me”
Book Launch and artist talk

Saturday October 15th, 2022
Textile Museum of Canada
55 Centre Ave, Toronto, ON M5G 2H5

3:00pm -4:00pm


In the context of a commission for The Toronto Biennial of Art 2022, Lukin Linklater generated projects in relation to water, weather and embodiment. The artist wrote a series of open yet concise scores to prompt performances for camera with four dancers. Shot over late summer, fall and early winter in Toronto and Montréal neighborhoods, near rivers, lakes, land formations, under the sky and amidst weather, ‘Sensation is a circuit of experience, a circuit of the felt traveling in and adjacent to the body’ premiered in 2022.


For the Ontario Culture Days Festival, the written scores will be shared as a print publication and online through the Ontario Culture Days website. An audio performance by Cedar Aisipi, Omaskeko Cree youth, prompts listeners. The scores may be experienced as gentle instructions returned to daily, or intermittently, in a practice of listening, breath, sensation and embodiment.


During the Festival, Lukin Linklater will undertake a performative lecture at the Textile Museum of Canada to coincide with the release of the publication. She will perform writings centred on embodiment and weather while screening ‘Sensation is a circuit of experience, a circuit of the felt traveling in and adjacent to the body’, 2022.


Partner Biography:

Launched in 2019, The Toronto Biennial of Art’s mission is to make contemporary art accessible to everyone. For 10 weeks every two years, local, national, and international Biennial artists transform Toronto and its partner regions with free exhibitions, performances, and learning opportunities. Grounded in diverse local contexts, the Biennial’s city-wide programming inspires individuals, engages communities, and contributes to global conversations. The Biennial provides expanded understandings of contemporary art practices and is building a legacy of free, inclusive, and accessible contemporary arts programming in Toronto, Mississauga, and their surrounding communities.



Networks of Global Indigeneity

The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery spotlights contemporary indigenous artists from the circumpolar Arctic and the Amazon.


Arctic/Amazon: Networks of Global Indigeneity explores the ways in which Indigenous contemporary artists ​and collaborators take on issues of climate change, globalized Indigeneity, and contact zones in and about the Arctic and the Amazon during a time of crisis. The featured artists have their origins or are connected to these places, and their works embody a politics of resistance, resurgence, and ways of knowing and being in relation to the lands that are the source of their knowledge and creativity.

A constellation of new and past works by artists Pia Arke (Greenland/Denmark), Sonya Kelliher-Combs (United States), Tanya Lukin Linklater (United States/Canada), Couzyn van Heuvelen (Canada), Máret Ánne Sara (Norway), Uýra (Indigenous in diaspora), Olinda Reshijabe Silvano (Peru), Morzaniel Iramari (Brazil), Leandro Lima & Gisela Motta (Brazil), Sheroanawe Hakihiiwe (Venezuela), and Outi Pieski (Finland) will be featured in Arctic/Amazon. Encompassing a range of media, including paintings, drawings, sculpture, installation, video, and performance, this exhibition seeks to shed light on current geopolitical and environmental sustainability issues that inform artistic practices in these two vastly different, yet interconnected, regions.

The main themes in this group exhibition are drawn from the Arctic/Amazon symposium that was co-hosted by the Ontario College of Art & Design University and The Power Plant in September 2019. The purpose of the symposium was to gather established and emerging Indigenous scholars, curators, and artists primarily from North American regions of the Arctic and Amazonian zones to meet, exchange ideas, share works, and develop collaborative strategies that would bring together traditional knowledges of Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities.


Friday, September 2, 2022 - Sunday, February 26, 2023

National Gallery of Canada 380 Sussex Drive Ottawa, ON 


Drawn from the collections of the National Gallery, this exhibition celebrates the expressive energy of the human body.  From seventeenth century prints to contemporary performance, paintings, photographs and videos, the show demonstrates how the body endures as a subject for artists wishing to explore issues of social concern, or express the many possibilities of human contact and interaction.


I will be participating in this exhibition with a new work, A gentle reassembly, 2022.


Soundings: An Exhibition in Five Parts continues its tour and is currently on view at

KCAI GALLERY: Center for Contemporary Practice

August 18 – October 30, 2022

Curated by Candice Hopkins and Dylan Robinson
Tour Organized by Independent Curators International (ICI)

with performances and other events happening during the exhibition.


Ontario Culture Days are excited to welcome its third lineup of residents in the 2022 Creatives in Residence program. Since launching the residency in 2020, the program has become a key component of the Ontario Culture Days Festival showcasing the vibrancy of the Ontario arts and culture community.


Over the next 5-months, the residents will work in communities across Ontario to explore themes of access (or lack thereof) to resources such as foodcommunity spacelocal history and technology, all of which have been heightened issues since the start of the pandemic in 2020. The creatives will focus on community collaboration with their projects culminating in community-based activities and exhibits presented during the 2022 fall festival.


Dave Dyment

Sarah Gartshore and Adam Francis Proulx

Tanya Lukin Linklater

Isorine Marc

Tonya Sutherland

Uju Umenyi

Angela Walcott



In Conversation with Layli Long Soldier and Tanya Lukin Linklater

4 May 2022, 7 PM

Organized in conjunction with My mind is with weather, my solo exhibition at Oakville Galleries Centennial Square opening June 5, 2022. 


Join us for the next event in our series, In Conversation, with Layli Long Soldier and Tanya Lukin Linklater! Long-time supporters of each other's practices, they will come together to discuss the themes and issues that are raised by their work, including language, relations, origin, repatriation, and resistance.


Pre-registration on Eventbrite required. Register at the link below. This event will take place online over Zoom.



Tanya Lukin Linklater's performances, works for camera, installations, and writings centre histories of Indigenous peoples' lives, lands, and structures of sustenance. Her performances in relation to objects in exhibition, scores, and cultural belongings generate what she has come to call felt structures. Her work has been shown at ICA at Virginia Commonwealth University, SFMOMA, Remai Modern, Chicago Architecture Biennial, Art Gallery of Ontario, Winnipeg Art Gallery and elsewhere. She will participate in Soft Water Hard Stone, the New Museum Triennial 2021. Her first book of poetry, Slow Scrape, was published by The Centre for Expanded Poetics and Anteism in 2020. She is represented by Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver.


Layli Long Soldier holds a B.F.A. from the Institute of American Indian Arts and an M.F.A. from Bard College. Her poems have appeared in POETRY Magazine, The New York Times, The American Poet, The American Reader, The Kenyon Review Online, BOMB and elsewhere. She is the recipient of an NACF National Artist Fellowship, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, a Whiting Award, and was a finalist for the 2017 National Book Award. She has also received the 2018 PEN/Jean Stein Award and the 2018 National Book Critics Circle Award. She is the author of Chromosomory (Q Avenue Press, 2010) and WHEREAS (Graywolf Press, 2017). She resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


Join Wapatah Centre for a very special Knowledge Exchange Workshop on Contact Zones as part of the Arctic / Amazon project and in support of the upcoming publication – Arctic/Amazon Networks of Global Indigeneity. Co-authors Dr. Gerald McMaster and Dr. Nina Vincent will be joined in conversation by contributing author Tanya Lukin Linklater to discuss the Reclamation of Traditional Knowledge and the notion of the Museum as a Contact Zone. The workshop will also touch on the Knowledge that exists in cultural belongings and the extensive Land Based Artwork of Lukin Linklater with her community in the Alutiiq villages of the Kodiak Island archipelago of southwestern Alaska.