I have contributed a text, "i fall into a place that is between body and song," for an ALMANAC published by Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, edited by Maggie Groat in conjunction with her exhibition, Suns Also Seasons, opening in March 2017. The text was written in real time during Leanne Simpson's durational performance of "How To Steal a Canoe" with Cris Derksen, cellist, for Constellation/Conversation at ArtSpace in Peterborough in September, 2016. 



I am contributing a series of event scores for a publication to accompnay the exhibition, That I am reading backwards and into for a purpose, to go on: curated by Magdalyn Asimakis,

Alexandra Symons Sutcliffe and Jared Quinton at The Kitchen in New York City. It will be published by the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program. 


Description from the website:


The current American political crisis presents an acute challenge to the relationship between the visible and knowable, making it now more urgent than ever to consider how truth claims are constructed. This exhibition makes space for the coexistence of historical thought and present action. Working in film, video, sculpture, and performance, the contributing artists tease out the techniques by which the visible and knowable are produced and reckon with the ways the human body is enmeshed in and trained by multiple technologies. The artists use performance, rhetoric, and repetition to remind us that we are historically constructed subjects. The title of this exhibition is a citation of the essay “Removing the Minus” (2012) by the artist, curator, writer, and teacher Ian White. Taking up White’s pedagogical poetics as a working method, this exhibition reckons with history and the construction of the conditions of the present. It is the privilege and duty of art to address both what is seen and the mechanisms of viewership—the keys to which, as White’s quote suggests, lie in reading backward and into while looking toward the future.

The exhibition features works by Julia PhillipsKevin BeasleyBrendan FernandesBabette MangolteMartine SymsSilvia KolbowskiLorenza MondadaNicolle Bussien & Sara KeelSteffani JemisonMarvin Luvualu Antonio, and Aisha Sasha John


A companion publication features texts by Park McArthurtaisha paggett, and Tanya Lukin Linklater.


The exhibition is curated by Magdalyn AsimakisJared Quinton, and Alexandra Symons Sutcliffe, Helena Rubinstein Curatorial Fellows at the Whitney Independent Study Program (ISP).


May 23–June 10
Opening reception: May 23, 5–8pm
Gallery hours: Tuesday–Saturday, 11–6pm

This exhibition is a collaboration between the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program and The Kitchen. Curatorial participants of the ISP are designated as Helena Rubinstein Fellows in recognition of the long standing support of the Helena Rubinstein Foundation. Support for the Independent Study Program is provided by Margaret Morgan and Wesley Phoa, The Capital Group Charitable Foundation, The New York Community Trust, and the Whitney Contemporaries through their annual Art Party Benefit. Endowment support is provided by Joanne Leonhardt Cassullo, the Dorothea L. Leonhardt Fund of the Communities Foundation of Texas, the Dorothea L. Leonhardt Foundation and the Helena Rubinstein Foundation.





All My Relations Arts to Host its First Annual Indigenous Artist-in-Residence: Tanya Lukin Linklater


Minneapolis, Minn. (Feb. 22, 2017) —


Premiering in March 2017, the All My Relations Artist-in-Residence Program hosts Indigenous visual artists for one-week residencies taking place in the American Indian Cultural Corridor of Minneapolis, Minnesota.  The program brings in artists from outside our region and provides them with opportunities to work with local artists and interact with community members.  In partnership with the Visual Artists Network (VAN), The Ordway Center for Performing Arts and Rosy Simas Danse, we are pleased to present Tanya Lukin Linklater as the first Artist-in-Residence at All My Relations Arts.


The residency, which consists of public performances, youth-oriented workshops, community discussions and​ an exhibition of recent work, The Harvest Sturdies: Tanya Lukin Linklater, will take place Feb. 26th – March 5th, 2017


Please see more information here:



My essay, "The Insistence of a Crow Archivist," on the work of Wendy Red Star, in BlackFlash Magazine is now available online here:





Wood Land School

Kahatènhston tsi na’tetiátere ne Iotohrkó:wa tánon Iotohrha

Drawing a Line from January to December

Traçant la ligne de janvier et décembre


began with a launch of the first gesture in honour of the life and legacy of Annie Pootoogook on January 21 in Montreal with readings in Inuktitut and English by Heather Iglorliorte and Beatrice Deer. They read Heather's essay for Annie Pootoogook, first published in Canadian Art, which you can read here:




Duane Linklater, cheyanne turions and I also began with a discussion of what it means to be visitors in the traditional territory of Tiohtià:ke and how we cannot separate the land from the peoples. 


The first gesture at Wood Land School 


This schedule represents the dates when works will first be presented in the exhibition space. 


21 January 2017

Annie Pootoogook

Coleman Stove with Robin Hood Flour and Tenderflake (2003-2004)

pencil crayon and ink on paper, 51.0 x 66.5 cm,


4 February 2017

Alanis Obomsawin

Christmas at Moose Factory (1971)

16mm film transferred to video, 13 min 07 s


18 February 2017

Layli Long Soldier

A Line Through Grief

Poetry performance produced especially for Wood Land School:Kahatènhston tsi na’tetiátere ne Iotohrkó: wa tánon Iotohrha


4 March 2017

Ange Loft with Re:Collection Kahnawake

Performance and belongings


18 March 2017

Napachie Pootoogook

Drawing of My Tent (1982)

colour stonecut and stencil on japan paper, 25/50, 64 x 87 cm

Collection of the Art Gallery of Windsor


31 March 2017

Brian Jungen

A new series of drawings produced especially for Wood Land School:Kahatènhston tsi na’tetiátere ne Iotohrkó: wa tánon Iotohrha



 Please see sbcgallery.ca for more details.



Events in the first gesture of Wood Land School: Kahatènhston tsi na’tetiátere ne Iotohrkó: wa tánon Iotohrha


Layli Long Soldier

A Line Through Grief (2017)
Poetry Performance & Installation

Saturday, 18 February, 2017
4 pm — 6 pm

A poetry performance and installation produced especially for Wood Land School: Kahatènhston tsi na’tetiátere ne Iotohrkó: wa tánon Iotohrha


With contribution of butterfly, feathers and stone by Scott Thomas, PhD.

Layli Long Soldier holds a BFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts and an MFA from Bard College. She has served as a contributing editor of Drunken Boat. Her poems have appeared in The American Poet, The American Reader, The Kenyon Review Online, and other publications. She is the recipient of the 2015 NACF National Artist Fellowship, a 2015 Lannan Literary Fellowship, and a 2016 Whiting Award in Poetry. Her work of poetry, WHEREAS, will be published by Graywolf Press this March, 2017. Long Soldier resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


Please see sbcgallery.ca for more details. 

Billie-Ray Belcourt's (Driftpile Cree Nation) 2017 essay, "The body remembers when the world broke open," is now up on the artseverywhere.ca webiste (Musagetes). 


Belcourt's analysis of "In Memoriam," my 2012 video, places it within a feral archive. 


Belcourt writes, "...In Memoriam plays up a form of corporeal excess that bubbles just below a collective “threshold of awareness” for those who most intimately bear the coloniality of the world. Lukin Linklater tells a story about how memory stalks the present, turning bodies into faulty containers for affect such that life becomes a catch-22 where ongoingness taxes. We might not get the big decolonial world we want, as it takes everything we have to adjust to the unruly vibrations of the past-present."


You can read the essay here:





Wednesday February 1, 20177-9pm
NYU, Einstein Auditorium 

Barney Building

34 Stuyvesant Street, New York


Panel Discussion: Sovereignty: The Indigenous Present 

Duane Linklater (artist), with Tanya Lukin Linklater (artist),  Audra Simpson (Associate Professor of Anthropology at Columbia), and Jackson Polys (artist). 

This event is free and open to the public

A panel discussion on directions in Indigenous contemporary art. This will focus on Duane Linklater’s current solo exhibition From Our Hands at NYU’s 80WSE Gallery and Drawing a Line From January to December, structured as a single exhibition unfolding over the course of a year at SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art in Montreal which will be renamed the Wood Land School for the duration of 2017 Contemporary civic institutions and social structures are built upon systems that have silenced, ignored and destructively classified Indigenous people, ideas and objects. In response to this history, Wood Land School calls upon institutions to give intellectual and physical labor, philosophical and physical space, time, and funds to support Indigenous ideas, objects, discursivity and performance. The Wood Land School was established in 2011, originating in Duane Linklater’s North Bay studio. It is an experimental space where Indigenous thought and theory are centered, embodied, mobilized, and take shape as practice through exhibition and pedagogy. Wood Land School does not seek to summarize Indigenous identity, but rather to honor specific, embodied expressions of inheritance and becoming. Its current members are Duane Linklater, Tanya Lukin Linklater and cheyanne turions with Walter Scott.

'We wonder, how do the relationships between theory, practice and pedagogy manifest across the complexity and diversity of Indigenous identities, and in relation to settler colonial positionings? What does it mean for a settler-colonial institution to unknow its power? What does it mean to memorialize and dream in relation? How to collectively tend to the becoming of the future?’ —Duane Linklater, Tanya Lukin Linklater and cheyanne turions with Walter Scott


Thursday, February 2, 2017, 7.30pm

NYU, Art History Department, 
3rd floor Silver Center room 300
100 Washington Square East, New York

In conversation: Duane Linklater (artist) and Hrag Vartanian (Co-founder and Editor-in-chief Hyperallergic.com)

Screening: Modest Livelihood, Brian Jungen and Duane Linklater, 2012

This event is free and open to the public

This was produced for and shown as a part of dOCUMENTA (13) - Jungen and Linklater present a 50 minute silent film shot on super 16mm film of two hunting trips in the Treaty 8 area, located in northeastern British Columbia, Canada.

This event is produced in collaboration with NYU Centre for Media, Culture and History and is co-sponsored by the Native American and Indigenous Students’ Group at NYU. 

These events are presented as part of 80WSE Gallery's ongoing exhibition by Duane Linklater titled From Our Hands, with Ethel Linklater (Trapper) and Tobias Linklater, on view through February 18, 2017. Working across installation, performance, film, and photography, Duane Linklater excavates histories to unearth folds and knots addressing cultural loss, recovery and sovereignty. This exhibition features a series of new works including a large-scale architectural intervention that runs through all five galleries. 80WSE Gallery in Washington Square is part of the Steinhardt School of Arts and Art Professionals. As always, 80WSE is free and open to the public. 


Selected Biography:

Duane Linklater is Omaskêko Cree from Moose Cree First Nation in Northern Ontario. Born in 1976, he holds bachelor's degrees in fine art and Native studies from the University of Alberta (2005) and a master's degree in film and video from the Milton Avery Graduate School of Arts at Bard College (2012).Solo exhibitions include; From Our Hands, Mercer Union, a centre for contemporary art, Toronto (2016); Salt 11: Duane Linklater, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City (2015); ICA@50: It means it’s raining, ICA, Philadelphia (2014); Decom­mi­ssion, Maclaren Art Cen­tre, Bar­rie, Ontario; Learn­ing, Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto; Some­thing about encounter, Thun­der Bay Art Gallery, Ontario; Grain(s), in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Tanya Lukin Lin­klater, Images Fes­ti­val co-pre­sen­ta­tion with Museum of Con­tem­po­rary Cana­dian Art, Toronto; and Sec­ondary Expla­na­tion, The New Gallery, Cal­gary (all 2013).

Tanya Lukin Linklater's performance collaborations, videos, photographs and installations have been exhibited nationally and internationally. She is compelled by relationships between bodies, histories, poetry, pedagogy, Indigenous conceptual spaces (languages), and institutions.

Audra Simpson is the Associate Professor of Anthropology at Columbia. Her primary research is energized by the problem of recognition, by its passage beyond the aegis of the state into the grounded field of political self-designation, self-description and subjectivity. She also examines the borders of time, history and bodies across and within what is now the United States and Canada. Simpson is a close associate to Linklater and Mohawk Interrupts: political life across the border of settler states is a seminal text for this recent body of work. 

Jackson Polys is a visual artist who lives and works between Alaska and New York.  His work reflects examinations into the limits and viability of desires for indigenous growth. He began carving with his father, Tlingit artist Nathan Jackson, in high school, and has worked as a visual artist based in Alaska as Stron Softi, with solo exhibitions at the Alaska State Museum and the Anchorage Museum.

Hrag Vartanian is editor-in-chief and co-founder of Hyperallergic, a publication he created in 2009 in response to the changes in the art world, publishing, and the distribution of information. Breaking news, award-winning reporting, informed opinions, and quality conversations about art have helped Hyperallergic reach over 1 million readers a month. In addition, he has curated projects, exhibitions and has organized public events since 1997. Beyond his writing, he is an avid photographer and collector of photographs. He is committed to serious, playful, and radical storytelling that pushes the boundaries of writing.

For more information about the exhibition please see:


New York Times

Art Forum

New Yorker

Art in America