Calling together 8 artists from various communities across Northwestern Turtle Island, Generous Acts gives a glimpse to the introspective process of thinking through the notion of self-care during a global pandemic.


Stepping outside the parameters of traditional exhibition processes, Ociciwan Contemporary Art Collective begun the developing Generous Acts by (virtually) gathering with the artists to facilitate conversations in regard to the direction that the exhibition would take. This divergence from colonial methodologies of curation allowed for the artists to have an equal say in the path that we would take together on this journey. The artists shared not only their struggles and personal experiences as creators during a tumultuous global pandemic, but also their pre-pandemic experiences of hailing from remote and often overlooked communities. We connected, laughed, and grew closer through our talks. We were given input and feedback about practices that they would like to see more of within the North American Art world.


Exhibition run: September 25, 2021 to December 4, 2021

Ociciwan, 10124 96 Street NW, Edmonton

You sit in a garden

September 23 - November 21, 2021

Critical Distance Centre for Curators (CDCC) – Fall 2021 Exhibition

Artists: Tanya Lukin Linklater, Laurie Kang, Lila De Magalhaes, Nona Inescu, Jenine Marsh
CuratorChris Andrews


Dear visitor,

Welcome to our shrouded backyard, this garden filled with holes. It was aerated earlier: the earth turned inside out. Now it sits in small amulets across the lawn, left permeable.

You have to know that when this garden was conceived, I had been walking barefoot on a reflexology footpath in the early morning; a circular path with stones protruding from its concrete floor. After stripping off my shoes and socks, I carefully put one foot down after the other onto the stones. They pushed back like they were trying to tell me something – offered themselves as a gift to each bone that inhabits the foot. 

I propose this space as a sensory garden; little pieces of the footpath evaporated and distilled. Each artwork here proposes a way to live, with its own ontology, and I take notes from every one. These works present the body’s overwhelming capacity for potential, both for things that propose to harm (illness, infection, disability), and those that support (health care systems, healing touches, assistive technologies). You sit in a garden sees this all become entangled with different definitions of life itself.


You sit in a garden brings together the work of Tanya Lukin Linklater, Laurie Kang, Jenine Marsh, Lila de Magalhaes, and Nona Inescu. Each included work proposes a new bodily form, movement, or way to touch, pushing for an expanded definition of what a body should be.


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This online event features a poetry reading by Tanya Lukin Linklater. She will read from her first book, Slow Scrape (Anteism, 2020), which is, in the words of poet Layli Long Soldier, “an expansive and undulating meditation on time, relations, origin and colonization.”

This event is held in conjunction with the exhibition The Language in Common, on display in the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery from Tuesday, September 14 through Sunday, December 12, 2021. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Sunday from Noon to 5pm. For more information and related events, visit the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery exhibition page.


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Karen Pheasant-Neganigwane and Tanya Lukin Linklater will share insights into their practices as artists, educators, and writers working within Indigenous performance methodologies. Reflecting on their ongoing relationships with one another, place, language, and those who have shaped their work over time, Pheasant-Neganigwane and Lukin Linklater carefully consider their personal processes of situating embodied practices in community and in the arts. They will speak to the Indigenous performance histories that ground their contemporary approaches, as well as the role of intergenerational exchange as a mode of learning. The conversation, with moderator Clare Butcher, takes place ahead of Lukin Linklater’s contribution to the 2022 edition of the Toronto Biennial of Art and the Culture Days Creatives in Residence Program.


Taking place October 22 online. 


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The Language in Common

Tuesday September 14, 2021 - Sunday December 12, 2021

Main Gallery, Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery

Wesleyan University


The group exhibition The Language in Common presents artistic practices that site language in the space between poetry, visual art, and their performance. Moving beyond the spectacle of the origination of poetry or art, this project seeks to allow memory as a creative act in the process of making experience common, of making space for a new imaginary. The exhibition will bring together five artists whose work engages with politics on the periphery of hegemony, including Cecilia Vicuña (b.1948, Chile), Tanya Lukin Linklater (b.1976, Alutiiq), Julien Creuzet (b.1986, France), Jasper Marsalis (b.1995, U.S.), and Alice Notley(b.1945, U.S.). Featuring works encompassing installation, sculpture, video, drawing, poetry, and performance, as well as newly-commissioned works developed in response to the exhibition, The Language in Common aims towards what the poet Alice Notley calls “the language that holds all being together.”


Additional programming will include a small series of poetry chapbooks featuring poetry shared by the participating artists available for free to gallery visitors. This exhibition is supported by the English Department, Connecticut Humanities, the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life, the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance, and the Center for the Arts.


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Soundings, An Exhibition in Five Parts will open at Walter Phillips Gallery in Banff September 10, 2021.


How can a score be a call and tool for decolonization?

Soundings: An Exhibition in Five Parts features newly commissioned scores, performances, videos, sculptures and sound by Indigenous and other artists who respond to this question. Unfolding in a sequence of five parts, the scores take the form of beadwork, videos, objects, graphic notation, historical belongings, and written instructions. During the exhibition, these scores are activated at specific moments by musicians, dancers, performers and members of the public gradually filling the gallery and surrounding public spaces with sound and action.


The exhibition is cumulative, limning an ever-changing community of artworks, shared experience and engagement as it travels. Soundings shifts and evolves, gaining new artists and players in each location. Some artworks have multiple parts, others change to their own rhythm as the exhibition grows. 


Soundings activates and asserts Indigenous resurgence through the actions these artworks call forth. This iteration of the exhibition includes works by Raven Chacon and Cristóbal Martínez, Sebastian De Line, Camille Georgeson-Usher, Maggie Groat, Kite, Germaine Koh, Aaron Leon, Tanya Lukin Linklater, Ogimaa Mikana, Chandra Melting Tallow, Peter Morin, Diamond Point and Jordan Point, Heidi Aklaseaq Senungetuk, Greg Staats, Olivia Whetung, and Tania Willard.


Soundings: An Exhibition in Five Parts is an exhibition curated by Candice Hopkins and Dylan Robinson, and organized by Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen’s University, Canada. The traveling exhibition is organized by Independent Curators International (ICI).


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19 September – 30 December 2021

Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens & at Centennial Square


“Two Truths and a Lie" is an icebreaker game that involves stating three possible propositions about oneself: two that are true and one that is false. Through deception, deduction, and disclosure, the players become better acquainted with one another.

The works included in Two Truths and a Lie speak to the complex interactions within the pursuit of truth—personal, visual, or social. Exploring these processes as ways of knowing, the exhibition highlights the different ways in which narratives come into being. The exhibition builds on the conceit of the game, featuring artists who are concerned with self-presentation, narratology, and language.


Through diverse techniques and mediums, these artists participate in the confessional as much as they slip into the hidden and fictional. Within these layers of thought, the artists also probe at assumptions and broaden the limits of understanding, guiding us towards more expansive ways of seeing and being in relation.


Two Truths and a Lie is drawn primarily from the permanent collection of Oakville Galleries.


Stephen Andrews, Valérie Blass, Colin Campbell, General Idea, Spring Hurlbut, Donna James, Tanya Lukin Linklater, Liz Magor, Olia Mishchenko, Louise Noguchi, Sojourner Truth Parsons, David Rokeby, Cheryl Sourkes, Lisa Steele, Derek Sullivan, Erdem Taşdelen, and Jin-me Yoon.


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The Herb Alpert Award in the Arts is an unrestricted prize of $75,000 given annually to risk-taking mid-career artists working in the fields of dance, film/video, music, theatre and the visual arts. The prize was initiated and funded by the Herb Alpert Foundation and has been administered by California Institute of the Arts since 1994. The Herb Alpert Award recognizes experimenters who are making something that matters within and beyond their field.

“The Herb Alpert Award in the Arts affords me the possibility of time and the quiet of focusing on my practice... In 2021 I am writing alongside projects I’ve produced in the last couple of years. It feels as though we are collectively in a moment where time has slowed. I imagine that my work will continue to circulate as Indigenous ideas in writing, in museums, and elsewhere but changed by this time in unanticipated ways.” - Tanya Lukin Linklater


I am so pleased to receive this award and to be amongst such a compelling, remarkable group of artists including Steffani Jemison, Will Rawls, Beth Gill, Adam Khalil, Kahlil Joseph, Toshi Reagon, David Virelles, Kimber Lee, and Kaneza Schaal. 


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