Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art



Curator: Becca Taylor
Artists: Tanya Lukin Linklater, Dion Kaszas, Jaime Black
Running dates at the gallery: May 4th to June 10th, 2017

May 4: 4pm till 7pm - Dion Kaszas Performance
            7pm– Jaime Black Performance
May 5: 7pm – Official Opening
            8pm - Tanya Lukin Linklater performance

            with Marcus Merasty and Arlo Reva


Curatorial Statement:
Urban space – what is removed and what is built within an urban landscape – erases Indigenous presence. While this exhibition recognizes the strategic colonial systems of displacement in urban contexts, it also aims to acknowledge the ways in which Indigenous communities continue to exist and resist. Streets and buildings are marked by ambiguous ephemera from our actions and active existence; traces of our histories, knowledges, homes and activism are present, and leave imprints on the urban landscape. We continue to create an ongoing narrative about our bodies’ connection to the land, regardless of the concrete structures that make up cityscapes. This exhibition also aims to acknowledge the Indigenous body as a site and a method of expression, examining the physical presence of Indigenous peoples within urban spaces that are built and occupied by settler communities.

Traces includes series of performances and installations examining how our physical presence holds within urban structures, and explores the longstanding connections our bodies have to our ancestors, the land and our communities. This exhibition commits our bodies to an ideology through our physical actions and shifts the presence of contemporary art away from the urban architectural structures and towards the body.

Upcoming Event



Launch of the Second Gesture

Performances by Elisa Harkins, Tsēma Igharas, Hilda Nicholas

Works by Joi T. Arcand, Tsēma Igharas, Brian Jungen, Gabrielle L’Hirondelle Hill, Marianne Nicolson, Annie Pootoogook, Wendy Red Star and Elisa Harkins & Nathan Young


11 May 2017

6–8 pm


Wood Land School: Kahatènhston tsi na’tetiátere ne Iotohrkó:wa tánon Iotohrha / Drawing a Line from January to December is conceived as a single year-long exhibition that unfolds through a series of gestures—clusters of activity that bring works into and out of the gallery space—such that the exhibition is in a constant state of becoming.


The first gesture was concerned with the power of line to mark history and invoke memory. In this first gesture, we have considered what it means to inherit a history. We have made claims for where we have felt ourselves formed. We have proposed that this is one potential way to pick up the line.


In the second gesture we ask: how does the line behave? Spanning video, photography, sculpture, drawing and performance, the works of the second gesture show us how to occupy the present. Here, in the second gesture, the line acts as a point of departure for Indigenous relations, mapping time, family, Indigenous languages and non-human relations in the now. And yet, this isn't a singular line of thought. When does a line of thinking become collapsed or disrupted? In this second gesture, we complicate and converse with the idea of the line and materiality.


Wood Land School: Kahatènhston tsi na’tetiátere ne Iotohrkó:wa tánon Iotohrha / Drawing a Line from January to December has yielded many questions and ideas—for Wood Land School, for SBC, for the artists and for our publics. Collectively, we consider how this line acts, thinks and articulates itself under this particular condition we have created or implicated ourselves in.


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



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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.


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