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

The Art Gallery of Ontario's team interviewed me about the work Sun Force, 2017, a performance devleoped during my AGO artist residency with dancers, Ceinwen Gobert and Danah Rosales, in response to Rita Letendre's retrospectve, Fire & Light. 





Public programs that accompany In this place where the guest rests.

Friday, Feb 2, 12:30 - 1:00 pm | Lunch Engagement: First Friday Exhibition Tour with creative director, Terri C Smith

Saturday, Feb 10,  4:00 - 5:30 pm | Curator’s tour of In this place where the guest rests with Jacqueline Mabey followed by social time in the FSW cafe.

Saturday, Feb 24, 3:30 - 5:00 pm | Reading group with curator Jacqueline Mabey: “Foreigner Question” from Of Hospitality by Jacques Derrida

Friday, March 2, 12:30 - 1:00 pm | Lunch Engagement: First Friday Exhibition Tour with creative director Terri C Smith

Saturday, Date TBD, 4:00 - 5:30 pm | Talk by In this place where the guest rests exhibiting artist Sherry Millner at Franklin Street Works

Monday, March 26 4:00 - 5:30 pm | Talk by In this place where the guest rests exhibiting artist Divya Mehra at UConn - Stamford, MPR (room 108). Co-sponsored by UConn-Stamford Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies Department.

Friday, April 6 at 12:30 - 1:00 pm | Lunch Engagement: First Friday Exhibition Tour with creative director Terri C Smith

Saturday, April 21,  3:30 - 5:00 pm | Reading group with curator Jacqueline Mabey: Exploring the text-based work of exhibiting artist Tanya Lukin Linklater

Saturday, April 28, 3:30 - 5:00 pm | Reading group with curator Jacqueline Mabey: “Step of Hospitality / No Hospitality” from Of Hospitality by Jacques Derrida

Friday, May 4, 12:30 - 1:00 pm | Special Edition of Lunch Engagement: First Friday Exhibition tour with In this place where the guest rests curator Jacqueline Mabey


From the press release:


New Franklin Street Works exhibition tackles the pressing issues of nation, place, home and belonging in a moment of crisis as more people are displaced than any time since World War II.

The exhibition is on view January 20 through May 13, 2018 and opens with a free, public reception Saturday, January 27, 5:00-8:00 pm. In this place where the guest rests is accompanied by free, public educational programs that include artists talks by Divya Mehra at UConn-Stamford and Sherry Millner at Franklin Street Works, as well as curator-led reading groups. 

“The exhibition was inspired, in part, by the Stamford, Conn. witch trials and the paradox of the ordeal: the “innocent” would drown and the “guilty” would float only to be punished for their alleged crimes,” says Franklin Street Works Creative Director Terri C. Smith. “Here and now, there are, arguably, echos of a similar double bind: forced from their homeland by war and poverty, refugees cross the Mediterranean Sea in terrible conditions via unseaworthy vessels. Those who drown are represented in the media as tragic victims, but those who survive the journey are framed as burdensome, unwanted interlopers.” 


In this place where the guest rests presents works that touch upon vehicles of displacement — war, economics, colonialism and settler colonialism, white supremacy — and what is left in their wake. The works of Ken Gonzales Day, Brendan Fernandes and Jumana Manna allude to memory and its representation, histories that are told, and who has the right to tell them. Yael Bartana and Tanya Lukin Linklater’s works suggest the temporality of displacement as being simultaneously of the past and the future. Christina Battle and Sherry Millner appropriate images from visual culture to throw the realities of displaced people and hegemonic power into stark relief. Works by Addie Wagenknecht and Daniel R. Small touch on economic displacement on personal and global scales.

“I want visitors to the exhibition to consider their position in relation to the issues in the work,” said curator Jacqueline Mabey. “I’ve placed Divya Mehra’s work There are Greater Tragedies on the Franklin Street Works flagpole, greeting visitors with the text, ‘MY ARRIVAL IS YOUR UNDOING,’ to ask the question: Do you see yourself as the stranger who arrives, the host waiting at the door, undone, or both?”

In this place where the guest rests presents works in a variety of media by 10 international artists: Yael Bartana, Christina Battle, Brendan Fernandes, Ken Gonzales-Day, Tanya Lukin Linklater, Jumana Manna, Divya Mehra, Sherry Millner, Daniel R. Small, and Addie Wagenknecht. 

“These artists’ works show that home is not a neutral or self-evident concept,” Smith says, “but something we enact, contest, and carry around with us.” 

This exhibition is made possible by a grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and in-kind support from Purdue Pharma L.P.





Documentation of the the, a performance in February 2016 for the Remai Modern's Turn Out performance series is now up at:



Determined by the river, a discursive event

November 3-4, 2017

Remai Modern, Saskatoon 


In connection to their collaborative exhibition project, Determined by the river, Tanya Lukin Linklater and Duane Linklater have organized a series of conversations with Indigenous artists and thinkers.


“We are gathering. Alongside the raft, we are gathering for conversations with Indigenous artists and thinkers, to activate the exhibition with Indigenous ideas about art-making, collections, and responsibilities to communities. These conversations will centre our collective concerns, at this moment, which may be political and/or felt in our everyday lives. The participants are from Saskatchewan and Alberta and they have generously agreed to be with us, to speak. Together, we hope that our analysis will catalyze the museum and what it represents, to act in accordance with history, in this moment, for the future. What does it mean for Indigenous peoples to be in relation to museums? What does it mean for museums to be in relation to Indigenous peoples?”

—Tanya Lukin Linklater and Duane Linklater



Friday, November 3, 7–9 PM

This program features a screening of Tasha Hubbard’s documentary short, 7 Minutes(2016), followed by a panel discussion with Tasha Hubbard, artist Joi T. Arcand, and writer and community organizer, Erica Violet Lee.


Saturday, November 4, 1–5 PM

Join us for an afternoon of talks with writer and scholar Billy-Ray Belcourt, artists Lori Blondeau and Ruth Cuthand, and curator Elwood Jimmy.


Please see: https://remaimodern.org/program/live/artist_talks/determined-by-the-river-a-discursive-event