Christina Battle has written an essay on the exhibition, There is something in the way, which she curated for the Cold Cuts Festival in late March 2018, in Dawson City, Yukon.


13 Ways to Summon Ghosts

May 16th - September 1st, 2018

This summer, the Gordon Smith Gallery will be presenting 13 Ways to Summon Ghosts, guest-curated by Kimberly Phillips of the Contemporary Art Gallery. Participating artists are Abbas Akhavan, Brady Cranfield, Brenda Draney, Betty Goodwin, Vanessa Kwan, Lyse Lemieux, Tanya Lukin Linklater, Cindy Mochizuki, Jacqueline Hoàng Nguyễn, Ryan Peter, Kathleen Ritter, Carol Sawyer, and Jin-me Yoon.


"This exhibition considers the work of 13 Canadian artists of diverse origins and experience for whom haunting, it might be argued, is an artistic strategy. Through works of sound, sculpture, installation, painting, garments, print and video, these artists alter our experience of being in time and challenge the ways we separate the past, present and future. The work of each of these artists is remarkable because like haunting, it produces 'a something to be done.' It demands our rapt attention, begs a reconsideration of presumed positions, calls up histories with which we are complicit, and makes matter of that which is otherwise invisible." - Kimberly Phillips. 




Contemporary Native Art Biennial (BACA) – 4th edition
níchiwamiskwém | nimidet | ma sœur | my sister
Guest curators: Niki Little and Becca Taylor


Art Mur (one of several sites for the BACA Biennale)

Exhibition: May 4 – June 16, 2018
Opening reception: Friday, May 4 from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Aura (Oneida), Eruoma Awashish (Atikamewk), Natalie Ball (Modoc – Klamath), Catherine Blackburn (Dene), Tamara Lee-Anne Cardinal (Cree – Saddle Lake), Jade Nasogaluak Carpenter (Inuvialuit), Uzumaki Cepeda (République Dominicaine), Chief Lady Bird (Chippewa, Potawatomi), Dayna Danger (Metis – Anishinaabe – Saulteaux), Raven Davis (Anishinabe), Lindsay Dobbin (Mohawk), Lita Fontaine (Anishinabe), Brittney Bear Hat (Blackfoot – Cree), Richelle Bear Hat (Blackfoot – Cree), Tsēmā Igharas (Tahltan), Tanya Lukin Linklater (Alutiiq), Caroline Monnet (Algonquin), Sandra Monterroso (Maya Q’eqchi’ – Guatemala), Shelley Niro (Mohawk), Jeneen Frei Njootli (Vuntut Gwitchin), Gilda Posada (Aztec -Xicana), Skeena Reece (Cree – Tsimshian – Gitksan – Métis), Skawennati (Kahnawake Mohawk), Marian Snow (Kahnawake Mohawk), Tasha Spillett (Nehiyaw – Trinidadian), and selected works from the collection of La Guilde

Performance: Friday, May 4, 2018, 7 p.m.

Performance: Friday, May 18, 2018, 6 p.m.
Sinuosity by Jeneen Frei Njootli and Tsēmā Igharas Igharas



I was pleased to be a part of the Cold Cuts Video Festival 2018 - There's something in the way at the invitation of curator, Christina Battle, this year. 


Cold Cuts Video Festival is an annual curated exhibition of video works by contemporary Canadian and international artists. This event runs in conjunction with the Dawson City International Short Film Festival held in Dawson City, Yukon, Canada.



2018 Exhibition: There’s something in the way

Curated by Christina Battle, There’s something in the way looks at the ways in which artists use the tools of video to stage and frame complex subjects. Moving beyond solely framing the camera lens, works in the exhibition also play with time, space and montage as they frame (and reframe) bodies, histories and memories.


The exhibition happened March 30-April 1. 


Christina Battle is a phenomenal artist as well. We met at Nuit Blanche Toronto 2017. 





CBC Arts produced a mini documentary on The treaty is in the body, 2017, a commission for INSURGENCE/RESURGENCE co-curated by Jamie Isaac and Julie Nagam at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Quayanaasuniq, cii miikwic to Jennifer Wabano, Omaskeko Cree knowledge keeper, Ivanie Aubin-Malo, dancer/dance educator, Neven Lochhead, camera and edit, Liz Lott, photographer, for their support of this project as well as all of the participants in the project: Lorraine Sutherland, Karen Sutherland, Iris Sutherland, Gwen Iahtail, Lauree Pizzale, Keisha Stone and Sassa Linklater. Ontario Arts Council also supported the project, and it couldn't have happened without their support as well.


You can see the mini documentary here:





Tanya Lukin Linklater Receives Inaugural Wanda Koop Research Fund


The $15,000 award recognizes a mid-career visual artist and is designed to fund research activities related to their artistic practice




Artist Tanya Lukin Linkater has been named the recipient of the inaugural Wanda Koop Research Fund.

Created by Canadian Art, the $15,000 award recognizes a mid-career visual artist and is designed to fund research activities related to their artistic practice. The fund is named in honour of Governor General’s Award recipient Wanda Koop, who was the first artist to appear on the cover of Canadian Art when it began publishing in the fall of 1984.

Tanya Lukin Linklater’s performances, videos and installations have been exhibited in Canada and abroad. Her work centres Indigenous knowledge production in and through orality, conversation and embodied practices, including dance. She considers “that which sustains us” to be a conceptual line within her work, alongside histories and structural violences that Indigenous peoples continue to respond to.

In 2017, as a member of Wood Land School, she participated in Under the Mango Tree—Sites of Learning for Documenta 14 organized by aneducation and ifa. Tanya originates from Alaska and is based in northern Ontario.

Candidates for this award are nominated and decided upon by an independent national jury. Jury members for this inaugural prize included Marie-Eve Beaupré, curator of the collection at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal; Julie Nagam, chair of the history of Indigenous arts of North America at the Winnipeg Art Gallery and the University of Winnipeg; Jenifer Papararo, executive director of Plug In ICA in Winnipeg and founding member of the artist collective Instant Coffee; and Jan Peacock, artist, writer and MFA program director at NSCAD University in Halifax.

“Our selection recognizes an artist who continues to grow and flourish in her art creation and intellectual artistic investigations,” Nagam stated on behalf of the jury. “Lukin Linklater’s work is complex, engaging, multidimensional and inspiring. Her practice is leading the way in terms of performance, dance and installation-based work and we were excited for her to be the inaugural recipient of a mid-career award for a visual artist.”



Guest curated by Rhéanne Chartrand, Curator of Indigenous Art, McMaster Museum of Art


Opening Reception: Thursday, February 22, 6 - 9 PM

Exhibition on view: FEBRUARY 22 - APRIL 15, 2018

Art Gallery of Mississauga


Featuring works by: Kenojuak Ashevak, Christi Belcourt, Rebecca Belmore, Joane Cardinal-Schubert, Vanessa Dion Fletcher, Rosalie Favell, Rita Letendre, Tanya Lukin Linklater, Meryl McMaster, Caroline Monnet, Marianne Nicolson, Shelley Niro, Daphne Odjig, Annie Pootoogook, Rolande Souliere, and Olivia Whetung.

Indigenous female artists, much like their non-Indigenous sisters in the larger art world, have historically stood in the shadow of their male counterparts in terms of recognition and accolade for their work, despite having produced equally substantial, critical, and provocative bodies of work.

niigaanikwewag brings together notable works by senior, mid-career, and emerging female Indigenous artists to celebrate past, present, and future generations of kwes as integral to sustaining the creative spirit of Indigenous communities. Foregrounding kinship, the artworks in niigaanikwewag embody and express the blood ties Indigenous women have to each other and to [our] Mother Earth.

niigaanikwewag, which means “leader women” or “they who lead” (feminine, plural) in Anishinaabemowin, positions the female artists included in this curatorial project as leaders within Indigenous art.

niigaanikwewag is a one-year curatorial project bookended by two exhibitions that acknowledges and pays respect to the non-binary feminine creative spirit that continues to birth Indigenous futurities in provocative and meaningful ways.






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


January 25 - March 24, 2018 

In Dialogue is an exhibition structured as a conversation. It invites viewers into intimate discussions that work through new ways of understanding, and being Indigenous in contemporary contexts. Moving from spaces of contemplation and reception, to moments of excitement and animation, the artists blur borders drawn with invented notions of authenticity and guide us through negotiations between the specificity of personhood and its abstraction into larger groups of belonging. This gathering of work embraces the wildly individualistic tumble of connections and contradictions that constitute contemporary Indigenous identities, in open dialogue—between artists, audiences, and the interconnected mesh-works woven between all our relations.

Organized by John G. Hampton. Co-produced by the Art Museum at the University of Toronto, the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, and the Carleton University Art Gallery.

Image: David Garneau, Aboriginal Curatorial Collective Meeting. Oil on canvas. 152 x 122cm. 2011.

Public Events

Opening Reception with durational performance by Nicole Kelly Westman
Thursday, January 25 at 7:30PM

Artist-led tour with David Garneau and Nicole Kelly Westman
Friday, January 26 at 12:00PM

Curator-led with John Hampton
Thursday, January 15 at 7:00PM

Panel Discussion: The Current State of Indigenous Curation in Canada 
co-presented by the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective
Wednesday, February 21 at 7:00PM

Ceremony and Gender: a Public Discussion with Raven Davis and guests
Monday, February 26th at 7:00PM