FALL EXHIBITIONS AT MA MA
Slay All Day: Tanya Lukin Linklater
September 21-October 15, 2018
Opening reception: Thursday September 20, 6-9pm
Artist talk with Tanya Lukin Linklater: Friday September 21, 6pm
Tanya Lukin Linklater, Slay All Day (still), 2016. HD video for web (silent), 4:16. Courtesy of the artist.
ma ma is pleased to present Slay All Day: Tanya Lukin Linklater, the first solo exhibition of the artist’s work in Toronto.
Slay All Day delves into Lukin Linklater’s practice through the adjacency of three works, each centred on the Indigenous female body, movement, and knowledge transmission. In Slay All Day (2016) contemporary dance is informed by gestures from Robert Flaherty’s problematic 1922 film Nanook of the North and Inuit athletics. These two sources have a dialectic relationship that resonates with the work’s presentation as a diptych, and the dancer’s traditional versus contemporary dance attire. Silent due to cultural protocols, the video The treaty is in the body (2017) centres on Omaskeko Cree families in North Bay, Ontario who gather to discuss the transmission of Indigenous knowledge through orality and understandings of treaty through the body. Finally, Lukin Linklater will create a site-specific installation of her text work A Girl (2012), that was written in response to the attempted assassination of girls’ education activist, Malala Yousafzai, in the region of Swat Valley, Pakistan. Together, these works create dialogue about intimacy, strength, violence, and bodily memory.
Tanya Lukin Linklater's performances in museums, videos and installations have been exhibited in Canada, the United States and abroad. In 2017, as a member of Wood Land School, she participated in Under the Mango Tree - Sites of Learning, a gathering for documenta14 in Athens and Kassel. In 2018 she was the inaugural recipient of the Wanda Koop Research Fund administered by Canadian Art. Tanya originates from the Native Villages of Afognak and Port Lions in southwestern Alaska and is based in northern Ontario.
Artist talk with Camille Rojas: Thursday October 4, 7pm
Toronto-based artist Camille Rojas will speak about her artistic practice rooted in dance and film, while responding to the current exhibition.
101b-300 campbell ave
friday - monday
12-5pm and by appointment
I will be in conversation with Kent Monkman and Archer Pechawis for aabaakwad (It clears after a storm) at the Art Gallery of Ontario on Saturday, September 15. This event was organized by Wanda Nanibush and Aylan Couchie. Please see the website below for the full schedule.
AABAAKWAD (IT CLEARS AFTER A STORM)
Thursday September 13 - Saturday September 15, 2018
Baillie Court, Art Gallery of Ontario
aabaakwad (it clears after a storm) is a two-and-a-half-day event focused on shifting the current global interest in Indigenous arts to be one that is Indigenous-led. Featured keynotes are Rebecca Belmore, Wanda Nanibush, Jolene Rickard and Alanis Obomsawin. This event is centered on informal, in-depth conversations between Indigenous artists, curators and scholars from Australia, New Zealand, the United States and Canada. Guests include: Robert Houle, Adrian Stimson, Lori Blondeau, Nadia Myre, Kent Monkman, Shelley Niro, Megan Tamati-Quennell, Brett Graham, Richard Bell, Greg Staats and more to be announced. Conversations are moderated by media personalities such as Duncan McCue, Candy Palmater and Jesse Wente. Experience dynamic dialogue examining themes, materials and experiences in contemporary Indigenous art practice globally.
This event has been organized in conjunction with the Gallery’s solo exhibition Rebecca Belmore: Facing the Monumental (July 12th - October 21st, 2018).
Thunderstruck: Physical Landscapes, curated by Jenn Goodwin, will be shown June 20, 2018 - January 27, 2019 at Âjagemô at 150 Elgin Street in Ottawa. Thunderstruck investigates the landscape in which contemporary dance is created, presented and received. Thunderstruck examines and questions the power that an exhibition bestows on its objects through collection, display and archival activities. It also considers the traces left behind in any physical or performance practice. In the process, this exhibition poses the question: is dance truly ephemeral, or does it stay with us long after a performance has ended?
This group exhibition is composed of works of art, film-based works, installations and dance related materials from the following artists: Shary Boyle, Francesca Chudnoff, Ella Cooper, Mario Côté, Aganetha Dyck, Brendan Fernandes, Angela Miracle Gladue, Deepti Gupta, La calq, Michelle Latimer, Brandy Leary, Tanya Lukin Linklater, Zab Maboungou, Lola MacLaughlin, Freya Björg Olafson , Omar Rivero, aka Driftnote, Tedd Robinson, Brian Solomon, Laura Taler, Rosanna Terracciano and Anne Troake.
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Curated by John G. Hampton and Co-presented with the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba and Art Museum at the University of Toronto
14 May – 26 August 2018
Raymond Boisjoly, Raven Davis, David Garneau, Carola Grahn, Tanya Lukin Linklater, Amy Malbeuf, Peter Morin, Nadia Myre, Native Art Department International (Maria Hupfield and Jason Lujan), Krista Belle Stewart, Nicole Kelly Westman
In Dialogue is an exhibition structured as a conversation. It features the work of twelve First Nations, Métis and Sami artists. As the exhibition’s organizer, John G. Hampton, says, this gathering of work embraces the “tumble of connections and contradictions that constitute contemporary Indigenous identities.” Hampton hopes to generate dialogue that will undermine monolithic and uncomplicated understandings of Indigeneity by offering multiple perspectives and by creating spaces for new understandings to arise.
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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.