Photo by Brandon Gray, 2018
Tanya Lukin Linklater's performances in museums, videos, and installations have been exhibited in Canada and abroad. Her work centres Indigenous knowledge production in and through orality, conversation and embodied practices, including dance. She considers That which sustains us a conceptual and affective line within her work, alongside histories and structural violences that Indigenous peoples continue to respond to.
Her work has been exhibited and performed at EFA Project Space + Performa, New York City, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Museum of Contemporary Art Santiago, Chilé, Western Front, Vancouver, Images Festival + Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto, Remai Modern, Saskatoon, Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, Art Museum, Toronto, and elsewhere.
In 2016 she presented He was a poet and he taught us how to react and become this poetry (Parts 1 and 2) at La Biennale de Montréal - Le Grand Balcon curated by Philippe Pirotte. This major work included video installation of Maria Tallchief and a collaborative performance with five dancers (Ceinwen Gobert, Hanako Hoshimi-Caines, Ivanie Aubin-Malo, Catherine Dagenais-Savard and Stacy Desiliér) through an open rehearsal methodology followed by three performances at the Museé d'art contemporain de Montréal. Other collaborators in recent years include composer and musician, Laura Ortman, in New York City and cellist, Peggy Lee, in Vancouver, writer, Leanne Simpson, and artist, Duane Linklater. Tanya has also worked alongside dancers, Ceinwen Gobert, Hanako Hoshimi-Caines, Ivanie Aubin-Malo, Elisa Harkins, Miqu'el Dangeli, Ziyian Kwan, Daina Ashbee, Emily Law and Danah Rosales (among others).
In 2017, as a member of Wood Land School, she participated in Kahatenhstánion tsi na’tetiatere ne Iotohrkó:wa tánon Iotohrha / Drawing Lines from January to December in Montréal. Wood Land School participated in Under the Mango Tree - Sites of Learning, a gathering for documenta14 in Athens and Kassel.
In 2017 Tanya was the inaugural artist in residence at All My Relations Arts in Minneapolis, USA. She was also artist in residence at Art Gallery of Ontario where she made a performance, Sun Force, in response to Rita Letendre's retrospective, Fire & Light.
In 2018 she will present a commissioned performance for Art for a New Understanding: Native Voices, 1950s to Now at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. This new performance with dancers, Ceinwen Gobert and Hanako Hoshimi-Caines, will be in relation to a sculptural work by Sonya Kelliher-Combs and a new video installation by Tanya.
Tanya's poetry and essays have been published in C Magazine, BlackFlash Magazine, Yellow Medicine Review, Inuit Art Quarterly, Taos International Journal of Poetry and Art, Drunken Boat, Ice Floe, and in publications by Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program, Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery, Access Gallery, Western Front, and McLaren Art Centre.
Tanya studied at University of Alberta (M.Ed.) and Stanford University (A.B. Honours) where she received the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship and the Louis Sudler Prize for Creative and Performing Arts. She was awarded the Chalmers Professional Development Grant in 2010 and the K.M. Hunter Artist Award in Literature in 2013. In 2018 Tanya was chosen by an independent jury as the inaugural recipient of the Wanda Koop Resarch Fund, a $15,000 award recognizing a mid-career visual artist to fund research activities related to their practice, administered by Canadian Art.
She originates from the Native Villages of Afognak and Port Lions in southern Alaska and is based in northern Ontario, Canada.