Tanya Lukin Linklater (b. 1976, Kodiak, Alaska, USA)      



Queen’s University, Ph.D. Candidate, Cultural Studies, 2015 - present. 

University of Alberta, M.Ed. 2001 – 2003    

Stanford University, A.B. (Honours), 1994 – 1998  


Selected solo exhibitions and performances


Hair Prints in Wayfinders, the ones we breathe with, Open Space, Victoria, British Columbia 

The sky held me (rainfall on hands hair lips), Toronto Biennial of Art



My mind is with the weather, Oakville Galleries, Oakville, Ontario

My mind is with the weather, CAG, Vancouver 

breath ,’ echo, Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver 



This moment an endurance to the end forever, Trinity Square Video and Imagine Native, Toronto



Slay All Day: Tanya Lukin Linklater, ma ma gallery, Toronto



The Harvest Sturdies, All My Relations Arts Gallery, Minneapolis

How we mark land and how land marks us, Thousand Islands National Park, LandMarks 2017 + Queen's University



the the, a performance, for Turn Out, Remai Modern, Saskatoon


Selected two-person and group exhibitions and performances


soft and weak like water, Gwangju Biennale, South Korea

My mind is with the weather, with Tiffany Shaw, Southern Alberta Art Gallery Maansiksikaitsitapiitsinikssin, Lethbridge, Alberta

Indian Theater, Hessel Museum of Art, CCS Bard, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York

13 for Luck, Jan Kaps, Cologne, Germany

Distance Studies, Images Festival, Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre, Toronto

Arctic/Amazon, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax

Movement: Expressive Bodies in Art, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa

Reimagining Interconnectedness: Blood Ties, Pleasure Dome and Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre, Toronto

Documents, Reading Platform, Darling Foundrie, Montréal

Tending Otherworlds, Burnaby Art Gallery



Still Alive, Aichi Triennale, Japan

What Water Knows, the Land Remembers, Toronto Biennial of Art, Toronto

To meet the curve of movement with the rhythm of legibility, Paved Arts, Saskatoon

The best stories I know come from late night car rides or kitchen tables., Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver

Movement: Expressive Bodies in Art, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa

Arctic/Amazon, The Power Plant, Toronto 

Soundings: An Exhibition in Five Parts, The Rooms, St. Johns

Soundings: An Exhibition in Five Parts, KCAI Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri



Soft Water Hard Stone, New Museum Triennial, New York City

Two Truths and a Lie, Oakville Galleries, Oakville, Ontario

You Sit In A Garden, Centre Clark, Montréal

Remembering the Future, Heard Museum, Phoenix

Counter Cartographies: Living the Land, Anchorage Museum, Anchorage, Alaska 

The Language in Common, Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, Center for the Arts, Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut

The Sun Never Sets, Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver

Generous Acts, Ociciwan, Edmonton

Soundings, An Exhibition in Five Parts, Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops, British Columbia

You Sit In A Garden, Critical Distance, Toronto

Soundings, An Exhibition in Five Parts, Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff, Alberta



Our Bodies, Our Archives, BMW Tate Live Exhibition, Tate Modern, London, UK (cancelled due to covid-19)

Commonwealth, Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia

Larger Than Memory: Contemporary Art from Indigenous North America, Heard Museum, Phoenix

#MuseumFromHome Online Screenings, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

And there I lay down on the ground, Curated by Festival, Croy Nielsen, Vienna, Austria

Next Year’s Country, Remai Modern, Saskatoon

Soundings, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Kitchener, Ontario

Soundings, Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery, Vancouver

Inaabiwin, Judith and Norman Alix Art Gallery, Sarnia, Ontario



…and other such stories, Chicago Architecture Biennial, Chicago

Soft Power, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco

Inaabiwin, Art Gallery of Mississauga, Mississauga, Ontario

Soundings, An exhibition in Five Parts, Agnes Etherington Arts Centre, Kingston, Ontario 

Soundings, An Exhibition in Five Parts, The Gund Gallery, Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio

Unexplained Parade, Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver

Are You My Mother?, Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina

Ka’tarohkwi Festival of Indigenous Arts, Isabel Bader Centre for Performing Arts, Kingston, Ontario

Across the table, Nanaimo Art Gallery, Nanaimo, British Columbia

Inaabiwin, Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa

Northern Convergences, MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario



Art for a New Understanding: Native Voices, 1950’s to Now, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas

In this place where the guest rests, Franklin Street Works, Stamford, Connecticut

In Dialogue, Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, Brandon, Manitoba

niigaanikwewag, Art Gallery of Mississauga, Mississauga, Ontario

Cold Cuts Video Festival 2018: There’s something in the way, Dawson City, Yukon

In Dialogue, Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa

Thirteen Ways to Summon Ghosts, Gordon Smith Gallery, North Vancouver

níchiwamiskwém | nimidet | my sister | ma soeur, 2018 La Biennale d'art contemporain autochtone (BACA), Montréal

Thunderstruck: physical landscapes, Âjagemô Gallery, Ottawa

Inaabiwin, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, Ontario



Wood Land School - A gesture for documenta 14, at Under the Mango Tree - Sites of Learning, organized by aneducation, documenta14 and Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen, Athens, Greece and Kassel, Germany

Wood Land School - Kahatenhstánion tsi na’tetiatere ne Iotohrkó:wa tánon Iotohrha - Drawing Lines from January to December, Montréal 

A Few Similar Things, Truck Gallery, Calgary

Traces, Urban Shaman, Winnipeg 

Our Side, Missoula Art Museum, Missoula, Montana  

Resistance After Nature, Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, Haverford College, Haverford, Pennsylvania

In Dialogue, Art Museum, University of Toronto

The treaty is in the body for Calculating Upon the Unforseen, NUIT BLANCHE, Toronto 

INSURGENCE/RESURGENCE, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg

Determined by the river with Duane Linklater, Remai Modern, Saskatoon

Beshaabiiganan - Lines with Darlene Naponse and Deanna Nebenionquit, la galerie du nouvel – Ontario, Sudbury, Ontario



Le Grand Balcon, La Biennale de Montréal 2016 + Museé d'art contemporain de Montréal

Affinities: a series of performances, screenings and conversations in conjunction with Joan Jonas' From Away, Centre Phi + DHC / Art, Montréal

Interpretation à l’oeuvre, Astérides + The Darling Foundry, SCIC Friche la Belle de Mai, Marseilles, France

Slay All Day, Remai Modern, Saskatoon

Down To Write You This Poem Sat, Oakville Galleries, Oakville, Ontario

We Are The People, Mary Elizabeth Dee Shaw Gallery at Weber State University, Ogden, Utah

An accumulation - A relief for Cutting Copper, Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery, Vancouver

If We Never Met, Pataka Art Museum + Urban Shaman, Porirua, New Zealand

iNuit Blanche, St. John's, Newfoundland 

In Each Hand I Keep Each of My Eyes, Hampshire College Art Gallery, Amherst, Massachusetts

Constellation/conversation with Leanne Simpson, Artspace, Peterborough, Ontario

A Parallel Excavation with Duane Linklater, Ociciwan Collective + Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton



Accompaniment, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts + Performa Festival, New York City 

Reading the Line, Western Front, Vancouver

North of the 45th, Gallery 101 + Ontario Scene, Ottawa

Indigenous Choreographers at Riverside Project, Culver Centre for the Arts, Riverside, California

An Annotated Bibliography in Real Time, ARTEXTE, Montreal 



Concrete Scores, Open Space, Victoria, British Columbia

A Problem So Big It Needs Other People, SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art, Montréal

Memory Keepers, Urban Shaman, Winnipeg

NM/Santiago (New Maternalisms III), Museum of Contemporary Art Santiago, Chile

Nuit Blanche Winnipeg

la Biennale d'art performatif de Rouyn-Noranda, L'Écart, Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec

People of Good Will Project organized by Postcommodity, Musagetes Foundation and Guelph Black Historical Society, Guelph, Ontario 



Canadá: Aproximaciones al paisaje (in)habitado [Canada: On the (non)inhabited landscape], FASE - Encuentro de arte y tecnología 5. Centro Cultural Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Stands with a Fist, Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico

grain(s) with Duane Linklater, Images Festival + Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto



Blizzard, Grunt Gallery, Vancouver

VI Mostra Internacional de Videodanca Sao Carlos, Sao Carlos, Brasil

Travelling Exhibition, Open Space, Victoria, British Columbia

Up River with Duane Linklater, Prince Albert Art Gallery, Prince Albert, Saskatchewan 


Selected Bibliography


Tanya Lukin Linklater and Candice Hopkins. “Interviews: Tanya Lukin Linklater and Candice Hopkins.” Soft Water Hard Stone 2021 New Museum Triennial eds. Margot Norton and Jamillah James. Phaidon and New Museum. 2021. 297-300.

Godfre Leung, ‘Tense: On Tanya Lukin Linklater’s We Wear One Another’, ReIssue, 18 January

“Tanya Lukin Linklater and Tiffany Shaw-Collinge.” Commonwealth. Issue 3. 15 February 2021.



Catherine Wood and Tamsin Hong, Our Bodies, Our Archives: BMW Tate Live Exhibition, online, Tate Modern, London, England

Slow Scrape by Tanya Lukin Linklater, edited by Michael Nardone with an introduction by Layli Long Soldier. Documents Series, Centre for Expanded Poetics at Concordia University and Anteism, Montreal, 2020. Second printing 2021. 

Candice Hopkins, ‘Repatriation Otherwise’, Constellations, MUAC, October



Soft Power: A Conversation for the Future, edited by Eungie Joo, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Karen Rosenberg, ‘‘Soft Power’: When Political Art Walks a Very Fine Line’, The New York Times, December 18

Adam Kleinman, ‘Do Artists Have ‘Soft Power’ To Create Political Change?’, Frieze, November 28

Ted Loos, ‘In San Francisco, Wielding Influence (Gently) Through Art’, The New York Times, October 23



Slay All Day, ma ma gallery, Toronto, Canada

Alison Cooley, ‘Field Guide: Determined by the river Remai Modern’, Inuit Art Quarterly, Volume 31, Issue 2, Summer, Skin

Brandon Gray, ‘Tanya Lukin Linklater's art explores what it means to be 'treaty people'’, CBC Arts online, March 26



Insurgence, Resurgence, edited by Jaimie Isaac and Julie Nagam, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg

Field Guide, edited by Gregory Burke and Sandra Guimarães, Remai Modern, Saskatoon

taisha paggett, Magdalyn Asimakis, Park McArthur, Tanya Lukin Linklater, Jared Quinton, and Alexandra Symons Sutcliffe, That I Am Reading Backwards and Into For a Purpose to Go On, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

John G. Hampton and Wood Land School, ‘Inside a Year-Long Experiment in Indigenous Institutional Critique’, Canadian Art online, May 2

John G. Hampton and Wood Land School, ‘Wood Land School Goes to Documenta: A Talk on Indigenous Institutional Critique, Part 2’, Canadian Art online, August 31

Tasha Hubbard, ‘the the: Tanya Lukin Linklater’, BlackFlash Magazine, Volume 33, Issue 3

Billy-Ray Belcourt, ‘The body remembers when the world broke open’, ArtsEverywhere online, February 8



Erin Sutherland, Tiffany Shaw-Collinge, Tanya Lukin Linklater, and Duane Linklater, A Parallel Excavation: Duane Linklater & Tanya Lukin Linklater, Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton


Selected Artist Talks

A conversation with Tanya Lukin Linklater and Layli Long Soldier for My mind is with the weather, Oakville Galleries. Oakville, Ontario. 2022. 


Arctic/Amazon: Knowledge Exchange Workshop organized by Wapatah Centre, OCAD University. With Tanya Lukin Linklater, Gerald McMaster, and Nina Vincent. Toronto. 2022. 


“We wear one another, a performance by Tanya Lukin Linklater.” Special issue: Reparations and Visual Culture. Eds. Gabrielle Moser and Adrienne Huard. Artist project. Journal of Visual Culture. 2022. 


“On felt structures.” California Institute of the Arts. Santa Clarita, California. 2022. 


"My mind is with the weather." Center for World Performance Studies, University of Michigan. 2022. 


"My mind is with the weather." Orion Visiting Artist at University of Victoria. Victoria, Canada. 2022. 


"Living the Land, A Counter Cartographies Panel." With Sonya Kelliher-Combs, Tanya Lukin Linklater, and Niap. Moderated by Aaron Leggett. Anchorage, Alaska. 2022. 


An artist talk with Brenda Draney moderated by Gaetane Verna for The best stories I know come from late night car rides or kitchen tables. Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver. 2022. 


"Colonial Legacies: Spaces as Witness." With Amy Lien, Enzo Camacho, Eunsong Kim and moderated by Jamillah James. In conjunction with Soft Water Hard Stone, the New Museum Triennial. January 2022. 


"Challenges to Inuit Art Sovereignty" with Taqralik Partridge, Sven Haakanson, Jr. and moderated by Tanya Lukin Linklater. Organized by Inuit Art Foundation, Smithsonian Institution and Arctic Studies Centre. 2021.


Artist Conversation with Raven Chacon on scores. In conjunction with The Language In Common. Centre for the Arts, Wesleyan University. 2021. 


“Performing Grounds: Unsettling Cultural Landscapes” for Situating Critical Performance Design Practices in the City, A 4th Space Residency. With Tanya Lukin Linklater, Tiffany Shaw, Organized by the International Federation of Theatre Research and Concordia University PULSE residency. 2021. 


"Kin-Ship-Matter" with Tanya Lukin Linklater, Amrita Hepi, Talei Luscia Mangioni, Sarah Biscarra Dilley. Curated by Leuli Eshregahi. Live Futures. Live Works Festival of Experimental Art. Eveleigh, New South Whales, Australia. 2021. 


Reading of Slow Scrape and artist talk In conjunction with The Language In Common. Centre for the Arts, Wesleyan University. 2021.


Reading of Slow Scrape and conversation with Michael Nardone, Editor. Organized by Chloe Lum. Volume Montréal. Montréal. 2021. 


Artist Conversation with Karen Pheasant Neganigwane moderated by Clare Butcher. Ontario Culture Days in conjunction with Toronto Biennial of Art. 2021.


“Soundings,” a panel with Dylan Robinson, Raven Chacon, and Tanya Lukin Linklater for Summer Indigenous Art Intensive. University of British Columbia at Okanagan. 2021. 


“Indigenous movement.” A conversation with Tiffany Shaw, Vanessa Bolin and Candice Hopkins for Commonwealth. Organized by Stephanie Smith and Noah Simbalast, Curators for Commonwealth, at ICA at Virginia Commonwealth University. 2021.


"Felt structures and repair" for "Choreographies of the Archipelago," a series of online conversations hosted by the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance (ICPP) at Wesleyan University. A public conversation with Okwui Okpawasili and closed session with graduate students in the ICPP program Wesleyan University. 2020. 


Slow Scrape, Arctic Art Book Fair, Tromso, Norway. 2020. 


“…that we discern and decipher potential messages of repair.”Fall 2020 Visual Art Forum presented by The Audain Visual Artist in Residence (AVAIR) and the School for the Contemporary Arts (SCA) at Simon Fraser University, a term-long series of free online public lectures by leading contemporary artists and thinkers from Canada, UK, Europe, Asia, and Latin America. Simon Fraser University. 2020. 


An artist studio visit/conversation with Catherine Wood, Senior Curator, International Art (Performance) at Tate Modern for Constellations: Indigenous Contemporary Art from the Americas organized by Hyundai Tate Research Centre: Transnational and Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (MUAC) through its Extraordinary Lectures Series on Critical Museology and on Aesthetics, Politics, and Critical Historiography of Contemporary Art in México and Latin America. 2020. 


Slow Scrape. A book launch at Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver. 2020. 


A conversation with Bojana Stancic, AGO Assistant Curator Live Performance and Projects, regarding my performance, Sun Force, at Art Gallery of Ontario in 2017. AGO Home Stage. 2020.


“Amplifying memory through many minds: Performance and cultural belongings.” Center for Race and Gender, University of California at Berkeley. 2019. 


“We wear one another: gestures towards repatriation through performance, a talk by Tanya Lukin Linklater.” Institute for Diversity in the Arts, Stanford University. 2019. 


“We wear one another/Soundings: Indigenous performance and cultural belongings.” Keynote for the Summer Indigenous Art Intensive. University of British Columbia at Okanagan. 2019. 


Against Hungry Listening” with Layli Long Soldier. In conjunction with Soundings, An Exhibition in Five Parts, Agnes Etherington Arts Centre, Queen’s University. Kingston, Ontario. 2019. 


Gestures for those before us.”Living Histories Performance Studies Speakers Series. School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design, York University. Toronto. 2019. 


Artist talk for Slay All Day: Tanya Lukin Linklater. ma ma gallery. Toronto. 2018.


“New Imaginaries” with Kent Monkman and Archer Pechawis. Aabaakwad (It clears after a storm). Art Gallery of Ontario. Toronto. 2018. 


Determined by the River: A Discursive Event” with Joi Arcand, Billy-Ray Belcourt, Lori Blondeau, Ruth Cuthand, Tasha Hubbard, Elwood Jimmy, Erica Violet Lee, Duane Linklater, Tanya Lukin Linklater. In conjunction with the exhibition, Determined by the River. Remain Modern. Saskatoon. 2017. 


A series of discursive events with artists, poets, and curators organized by Wood Land School for Drawing a Line from January to December. With Elisa Harkins, Tsema Igharas, Brian Jungen, Duane Linklater, Layli Long Soldier, Tanya Lukin Linklater, cheyanne turions. Montréal. 2017.


Wood Land School at documenta14 for Under the Mango Tree - Sites of Learning. Kassel, Germany.


“Sun Force.” Conversation with curator, Wanda Nanibush, in relation to my performance and Rita Letendre’s exhibition, Fire & Light, Art Gallery of Ontario. Toronto. 2017. 


“Sovereignty: The Indigenous Present” with Duane Linklater, Audra Simpson and Jackson Polys in conjunction with Duane Linklater’s From Our Hands at 80WSE Gallery, New York University. New York City. 2017. 


“Tanya Lukin Linklater, Dineo Seshee Bopape and Zac Langdon-Pole” for Le Grand Balcon, La Biennale de Montréal. Canadian Centre for Architecture. Montréal. 2016. 


Affinities - Conversation with Joan Jonas, taisha pagett, Tanya Lukin Linklater, Barbara Clausen and Cheryl Sim. Organized by Hexagram UQAM/Concordia in conjunction with Joan Jonas’ retrospective, From Away. DHC/Art. Montréal. 2016. 


“A glossary of insistence” for Wood Land School, A Symposium on Directions in Contemporary Indigenous Art. Or Gallery + SFU Galleries. Vancouver. 2016. 


Conversation with Lori Blondeau and Tasha Hubbard for Turn Out in relation to my performance, the the. Remai Modern. Saskatoon. 2016. 


“Art, Indigeneity and Institutions” at the Aboriginal Embassy for Performa. New York City. Organized by Institute of Modern Art – Brisbane. 2015.