I wrote a small series of event scores and poems for Mary Ann Barkhouse's exhibition, The Interlopers, at McLaren Art Centre in Barrie, Ontario. The publication can be found here:





Art for a New Understanding, Native Voices 1950s to Now

Co-curated by Mindy Besaw, Candice Hopkins and Manuella Well-Off-Man

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

October 6, 2018 - January 7, 2019



The exhibition features over 80 artworks from the 1950s to today, including paintings, photography, video, sculptures, performance art, and more, all created by Indigenous US and Canadian artists. A full colour catalogue was produced by University of Arkansas Press. 


As a part of Art for a New Understanding, Native Voices 1950s to Now, I produced a video installation, Untitled (for Sonya Kelliher-Combs), Part 1 in repsonse to Sonya Kelliher-Combs' work, Orange Curl, 2012. The video features Tessa Pizzale, Mina Linklater, Sassa Linklater, Keisha Stone, and myself. It was shot and edited by Neven Lochhead. 


Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art commissioned a performance, Untitled (for Sonya Kelliher-Combs), Part 2, for the exhibition. Through a series of open rehearsals, dancers, Ceinwen Gobert, Hanako Hoshimi-Caines, and I made a performance within the installation. This work was subsequently performed 6 times November 10 and 11, 2018. 


On November 9, I also performed a reading of original event scores and poems and showed video works for the Performance Lab alongside Elisa Harkins and Matriarch. 


Crystal Bridges produced a short video about my work here:




After the exhibtion at Crystal Bridges, Art for a New Understanding will travel to:


Museum of Contemporary Native Art (MoCNA), Santa Fe, New Mexico 

January 25, 2019 – July 19, 2019 


Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, North Carolina

August 22, 2019 – January 5, 2020


and the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis



Curated by Danielle Printup

September 22, 2018 - January 06, 2019

Opening reception: Friday, November 2, 7-10pm

Robert McLaughlin Gallery



Scott Benesiinaabandan, Hannah Claus, Tanya Lukin Linklater, Meryl McMaster, and Greg Staats


In Anishnaabemowin, inaabiwin means “movement of light” and is used to describe lightning. Indigenous peoples embody a relational approach to understanding and interacting with the world which allows them to engage more deeply through complex relationships with themselves and the natural world. Through colonization, this way of being and knowing has been compromised.


The artists in this exhibition use their varied art practices to reclaim these ways of being and knowing, hoping to restore compromised connections and encourage audiences to follow. As we seek to understand our place in the world, relearning these relations is essential, and will help us navigate today’s challenges and thrive on the lands we call home.


Indigenous and non-Indigenous viewers will be encouraged to think about and feel their own relations and how they connect to larger worldviews. This project will be guided by Indigenous voices through researched texts, as well as through conversations and visits with respected knowledge keepers.


Inaabiwin is also a metaphor for the work of the artists presented in this exhibition, who have remarkably profound and active practices that each evoke a strong visceral response.


Art Gallery of Mississauga: June 20 – September 1, 2019
Ottawa Art Gallery: October, 2019 – January, 2020
Judith and Norman Alix Art Gallery: February 7 – May 3, 2020


Please see a video produced by Robert McLaughlin Gallery about the exhibition:





I am honoured to be presenting a keynote talk, Gestures that remember and insist, at Maamwizing 2018: Pursuing Indigenous Research in a Good Way at Laurentian University. I am speaking in the midst of Indigenous intellectuals and community members who are deeply committed to Indigenous life, land and ways of being. My talk takes place Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 9:00 am. 






Slay All Day: Tanya Lukin Linklater
September 21-October 15, 2018

Opening reception: Thursday September 20, 6-9pm
Artist talk with Tanya Lukin Linklater: Friday September 21, 6pm

Tanya Lukin Linklater, Slay All Day (still), 2016. HD video for web (silent), 4:16. Courtesy of the artist.

ma ma is pleased to present Slay All Day: Tanya Lukin Linklater, the first solo exhibition of the artist’s work in Toronto.

Slay All Day delves into Lukin Linklater’s practice through the adjacency of three works, each centred on the Indigenous female body, movement, and knowledge transmission. In Slay All Day (2016) contemporary dance is informed by gestures from Robert Flaherty’s problematic 1922 film Nanook of the North and Inuit athletics. These two sources have a dialectic relationship that resonates with the work’s presentation as a diptych, and the dancer’s traditional versus contemporary dance attire. Silent due to cultural protocols, the video The treaty is in the body (2017) centres on Omaskeko Cree families in North Bay, Ontario who gather to discuss the transmission of Indigenous knowledge through orality and understandings of treaty through the body. Finally, Lukin Linklater will create a site-specific installation of her text work A Girl (2012), that was written in response to the attempted assassination of girls’ education activist, Malala Yousafzai, in the region of Swat Valley, Pakistan. Together, these works create dialogue about intimacy, strength, violence, and bodily memory.

Tanya Lukin Linklater's performances in museums, videos and installations have been exhibited in Canada, the United States and abroad. In 2017, as a member of Wood Land School, she participated in Under the Mango Tree - Sites of Learning, a gathering for documenta14 in Athens and Kassel. In 2018 she was the inaugural recipient of the Wanda Koop Research Fund administered by Canadian Art. Tanya originates from the Native Villages of Afognak and Port Lions in southwestern Alaska and is based in northern Ontario.

Artist talk with Camille Rojas: Thursday October 4, 7pm
Toronto-based artist Camille Rojas will speak about her artistic practice rooted in dance and film, while responding to the current exhibition.



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I will be in conversation with Kent Monkman and Archer Pechawis for aabaakwad (It clears after a storm) at the Art Gallery of Ontario on Saturday, September 15. This event was organized by Wanda Nanibush and Aylan Couchie. Please see the website below for the full schedule. 


Thursday September 13 - Saturday September 15, 2018
Baillie Court, Art Gallery of Ontario

aabaakwad (it clears after a storm) is a two-and-a-half-day event focused on shifting the current global interest in Indigenous arts to be one that is Indigenous-led. Featured keynotes are Rebecca Belmore, Wanda Nanibush, Jolene Rickard and Alanis Obomsawin. This event is centered on informal, in-depth conversations between Indigenous artists, curators and scholars from Australia, New Zealand, the United States and Canada. Guests include: Robert Houle, Adrian Stimson, Lori Blondeau, Nadia Myre, Kent Monkman, Shelley Niro, Megan Tamati-Quennell, Brett Graham, Richard Bell, Greg Staats and more to be announced. Conversations are moderated by media personalities such as Duncan McCue, Candy Palmater and Jesse Wente. Experience dynamic dialogue examining themes, materials and experiences in contemporary Indigenous art practice globally.


This event has been organized in conjunction with the Gallery’s solo exhibition Rebecca Belmore: Facing the Monumental (July 12th - October 21st, 2018).



Thunderstruck: Physical Landscapes, curated by Jenn Goodwin, will be shown June 20, 2018 - January 27, 2019 at Âjagemô at 150 Elgin Street in Ottawa. Thunderstruck investigates the landscape in which contemporary dance is created, presented and received. Thunderstruck examines and questions the power that an exhibition bestows on its objects through collection, display and archival activities. It also considers the traces left behind in any physical or performance practice. In the process, this exhibition poses the question: is dance truly ephemeral, or does it stay with us long after a performance has ended?


This group exhibition is composed of works of art, film-based works, installations and dance related materials from the following artists: Shary Boyle, Francesca Chudnoff, Ella Cooper, Mario Côté, Aganetha Dyck, Brendan Fernandes, Angela Miracle Gladue, Deepti Gupta, La calq, Michelle Latimer, Brandy Leary, Tanya Lukin Linklater, Zab Maboungou, Lola MacLaughlin, Freya Björg Olafson , Omar Rivero, aka Driftnote, Tedd Robinson, Brian Solomon, Laura Taler, Rosanna Terracciano and Anne Troake.


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In Dialogue

Curated by John G. Hampton and Co-presented with the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba and Art Museum at the University of Toronto

14 May – 26 August 2018

Raymond Boisjoly, Raven Davis, David Garneau, Carola Grahn, Tanya Lukin Linklater, Amy Malbeuf, Peter Morin, Nadia Myre, Native Art Department International (Maria Hupfield and Jason Lujan), Krista Belle Stewart, Nicole Kelly Westman

In Dialogue is an exhibition structured as a conversation. It features the work of twelve First Nations, Métis and Sami artists. As the exhibition’s organizer, John G. Hampton, says, this gathering of work embraces the “tumble of connections and contradictions that constitute contemporary Indigenous identities.” Hampton hopes to generate dialogue that will undermine monolithic and uncomplicated understandings of Indigeneity by offering multiple perspectives and by creating spaces for new understandings to arise.


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