Ontario Presents featured a short interview with me in their recent newsletter. Please see the interview here:

 

https://ontariopresents.ca/blog/spotlight-tanya-lukin-linklater


In preparation for a new work for Soft Power at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art organized by curator of contemporary art, Eungie Joo, the curatorial team facilitated my visits to the Hearst Museum of Anthropology's collections of cultural belongings from Alaska. These visits to parkas, sewing bags and baskets and my ongoing writings about the relationships of Alutiiq peoples to museums, cultural belongings and our ancestors, have informed a new work I am developing with three dancers -- Ceinwen Gobert, Ivanie Aubin-Malo and Danah Rosales. With the support of White Water Gallery, an artist-run centre in North Bay, Ontario, I participated in a residency in July, 2019 with these dancers and Neven Lochhead, camera, documenting our process. 


As an invited artist, I gave a keynote at the UBC - Okanagan Summer Indigenous Art Intensive on Wednesday, July 17, 2019. The Summer Indigenous Art Intensive is "month-long residency [that] gathers artists, curators, writers and scholars to engage in contemporary ideas and discourse—a place for new ideas rooted in Indigenous art-making" and "The 2019 Intensive broadly engages the theme Site/ation, connecting to place through Indigenous territoriality, being grounded in land, voice and language, reconnecting to/nurturing traditions, and beyond." My talk centred on my lived experiences as Alutiiq person considering the relationships between Alutiiq peoples, museums, and repatriation and my thinking and theorizing of performance as a gesture towards repatriation. I spoke specifically to the project, We wear one another, 2019 for Soundings curated by Dylan Robinson and Candice Hopkins at the Agnes Etherington Arts Centre and the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts. 


Across the Table

April 26 to June 30, 2019 

Guy Ben-Ner, Justine A. Chambers, Joel Good and William Good, Tanya Lukin Linklater 

 

The title for this exhibition was inspired by the working methods of father and son Snuneymuxw artists Joel Good and William Good, who carve together across from each other at the kitchen table almost every day. However, this practice of shared learning through direct connections across generations is central to all of the artworks in the exhibition. In addition to collaborative carvings by the Goods, Across the Table features a father and daughter who reenact Moby Dick in their kitchen, and families who dance across generations while sharing stories, music, and gestures. Sharing artistic collaborations between mothers and sons and daughters and fathers and grandmothers, Across the Table is the first exhibition in a year in which Nanaimo Art Gallery asks the question: What are generations?

 

https://nanaimogallery.ca/index.php/exhibitions/downtown-exhibitions

 


SFMOMA Announces SOFT POWER — International Contemporary Exhibition Featuring New Commissions And Recent Work By 20 Artists

Opening in October 2019 — the First Major Exhibition for SFMOMA Organized by Curator of Contemporary Art Eungie Joo

From the press release:

 

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (April 10, 2019) — Timely and provocative, SOFT POWER is an exhibition about the ways in which artists deploy art to explore their roles as citizens and social actors. Appropriated from the Reagan-era term used to describe how a country’s “soft” assets such as culture, political values and foreign policies can be more influential than violence or coercion, the title SOFT POWER suggests a contemplation on the potential of art and offers a provocation to the public to exert their own influence on the world. The exhibition opens at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) on October 26, 2019 and remains on view through February 17, 2020.

 

Organized by Eungie Joo, curator of contemporary art, and presented exclusively at SFMOMA on two floors of the museum, the exhibition features new and recent work by 20 international artists working in 12 countries. More than three quarters of the works in SOFT POWER are commissions and new works never before presented in the United States. Taken together, the works demonstrate what cultural theorist, filmmaker and catalogue contributor Manthia Diawara has called a solidarity between intuitions — a concept that acknowledges the complexity, darkness and opacity from which our reality emerges — the poetry and imagination of our differences. According to Joo, “Professor Diawara’s solidarity between intuitions expresses how specific works can enhance our understanding of others by association and relation, while maintaining their distinct contexts and content. I trust the public can relate to many of the concerns of the artists in SOFT POWER, and hope that his exhibition will unleash an untapped energy among us.”

 

I will be making a video in relation to the Hearst Museum of Anthropology's collection and a live performance. I am honoured to be included in this exhibition. 

 

Magdalyn Asimakis is writing about my work for the accompanying publication.

 

For more information:
https://www.sfmoma.org/press-release/sfmoma-announces-soft-power-international-contemporary-exhibition-featuring-new-commissions-and-recent-work-by-20-artists/

 


Soundings, an exhibition in five parts, curated by Candice Hopkins and Dylan Robinson, will embark on an international tour 2019-2023. 

 

My work in this exhibition included a series of works--an installation and performance with Laura Ortman on amplified violin, Ceinwen Gobert and Danah Rosales, dancers, at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts. The performance was titled We wear one another, taken from a text installed in relation to a rain gut parka for the exhibition. 

 

Dates and locations of the international tour are forthcoming. 

 

https://www.e-flux.com/announcements/252408/soundings-an-exhibition-in-five-parts/


I will be participating in ...and other such stories, the Chicago Architecture Biennial 2019 with Tiffany Shaw-Collinge. The curatorial team for ...and other such stories include Artistic Director Yesomi Umolu, and co-curators, Sepake Angiama and Paulo Tavares. ...and other such stories opens September 19, 2019. 

 

From the announcement:

 

"Titled …and other such stories, the biennial will form an expansive and multi-faceted exploration of the field of architecture and the built environment globally. The first 51 contributors — spanning the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Asia — form an initial, representative group, and include an early selection of ambitious commissioned projects. These projects will address key questions about the implications of architecture as it relates to land, memory, rights, and civic participation, and are particularly inspired by the history and conditions of the City of Chicago."

 

You can see the announcement of early highlight contributors here:

 

http://chicagoarchitecturebiennial.org/news/2019-contributor-announcement/

 

 

 


Untitled (for Soundings), 2019 is an installation work and performance for 

Soundings, An Exhibition in Five Parts at the Agnes Etherington in Kingston, Ontario co-curated by Candice Hopkins and Dylan Robinson.

 

The curators and I have worked with Manitoba Museum to install a Mckenzie-Delta Inuvialuit rain gut parka in the Agnes Etherington for the exhibition. This cultural belonging is a part of the Hudson's Bay Company Collection at the Manitoba Museum. I visited the rain gut parka in September, 2018. In relation to the rain gut parka is a text work I've made. 

 

https://agnes.queensu.ca/exhibition/soundings-an-exhibition-in-five-parts/

 

The rain gut parka will become a score for a performance, We wear one another, I am developing with dancers, Ceinwen Gobert and Danah Rosales, and composer/musician, Laura Ortman through an open rehearsal process. This new performance will be presented at the Ka’tarohkwi Festival of Indigenous Arts at the Isabel Bader Centre for Performing Arts Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 2:00 pm. The open rehearsal times and dates can be found here:

 

https://agnes.queensu.ca/event/details/open-rehearsals/

 

The information regarding the performance can be found here:

 

https://www.queensu.ca/theisabel/content/niigaani-gichigami-oniatar%C3%ADio