The treaty is in the body (sister video), 2017
The body is a way to know—a way to transmit knowledge. In her practice, Lukin Linklater works with dancers to transmit ideas, which, though invisible, our bodies respond to. This project arose out of the artist’s research into treaty, catalyzed by Chief Theresa Spence’s hunger strike in Ottawa, a 44-day political action in 2012 and 2013. The artist recalls signs held at rallies during Idle No More: "We are all treaty people" and "Moosehide tanners against fascism". This video takes up Indigenous understandings of treaty relationships which are at the foundation of Canada. It calls for non-Indigenous audiences to consider their implication within treaty. The site of this project, the Toronto Labyrinth, offers a space for contemplating this embodied past, present and future.
Performances by Ivanie Aubin-Malo, Sassa Linklater, Tanya Lukin Linklater and Keisha Stone. Camera/Sound: Neven Lochhead. Photograph with Liz Lott. A commission for Nuit Blanche Toronto 2017, curated by Clara Halpern for Calculating Upon the Unforseen.