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.
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