Tanya Lukin Linklater
A Glossary of Insistence
This performative lecture by Tanya Lukin Linklater will configure Indigenous and African-American artists and thinkers – Maria Tallchief – Leonardo Drew – Beyoncé – Audra Simpson – Peter Morin – alongside questions that ask: “How do objects evoke the ephemera of invisible structures? Felt structures? Structures that impact our everyday lives? How do we respond to these ephemeral residues?” From the artist: “I find an absence of the body within a conversation about the body. An absence that is present. Dylan Robinson recently spoke of the force of the institution’s gaze to structure the way that we look. I wonder about the force of a choreographer’s look (George Balanchine). I wonder concomitantly about the force of the body in relation to this look (Maria Tallchief, prima ballerina). I wonder about the force of the body to exceed the structure’s exertion.
Our kinds of insistence may be different.”
Tanya Lukin Linklater‘s performance collaborations, videos, photographs and installations have been exhibited in Canada, the United States, and Chile. She is compelled by the interstices of visual art and poetry, pedagogy (learning), indigenous languages, portrayals of women and children in film, and the body. In 2016, she will present performances at Remai Modern, Saskatoon, The Belkin Gallery/UBC, Vancouver, and the Art Gallery of Alberta in a two-person exhibition with Duane Linklater. Her poetry and essays have been published in C Magazine, Access Gallery, BlackFlash Magazine, Yellow Medicine Review, Taos International Journal of Poetry and Art, Drunken Boat, Ice Floe, Western Front Gallery, and McLaren Art Centre. Lukin Linklater studied at the University of Alberta (M.Ed.) and Stanford University (A.B. Honours) and is currently a graduate student in Cultural Studies at Queen’s University. She was awarded the Chalmers Professional Development Grant in 2010 and the K.M. Hunter Artist Award in Literature in 2013. She is Alutiiq from Alaska and makes her home in Northern Ontario, Canada. tanyalukinlinklater.com
A series of performances, screenings, and conversations
In conjunction with the exhibition, DHC/ART and guest curator Barbara Clausen will present Affinities: a series of performances, screenings, and conversations, a program of events in two parts, from May 24 to 27 and from June 20 to August 26. This series will present a performance lecture by Joan Jonas with Jason Moran, performances by taisha paggett, Tanya Lukin Linklater and Simone Forti, two evenings of film and video screenings, and one afternoon of conversation. While distinct in their own practice and aesthetics, the participating artists from the fields of dance, visual arts and music, share an affinity with Jonas’s engagement and ‘insistence’ on reading the world(s) against and with the flow of the times. These interdisciplinary art practices, from the fields of art, dance, poetry, and music, in a similar vanguard spirit to that of Jonas, explore modes of movement, sound and non-linear storytelling. This is reflective of a constantly evolving collective imaginary that reflects and shapes the various socio-political contexts we live in.
Tanya Lukin Linklater
Still from video, colour, sound
Courtesy of the artist