Tanya Lukin Linklater



Artist, Author, Writer, Choreographer


Tanya Lukin Linklater’s (Alutiiq/Sugpiaq, b. 1976, Kodiak Island, USA; lives/works: North Bay, Ontario) practice encompasses dance, performance, video, photography, installation, and writing. Her works cite Indigenous dance and visual art lineages, our structures of sustenance, and weather. She undertakes embodied inquiry and rehearsal in relation to scores and ancestral belongings in museums and elsewhere. Her work reckons with histories that affect Indigenous peoples’ lived experiences, (home)lands, and ideas. She continues to write in relation to what she has come to call felt structures.

Lukin Linklater’s notable solo and two-person exhibitions include Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge (2023); Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver (2022); Oakville Galleries, Canada (2022); Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver (2022); Chicago Architecture Biennial (2019); Remai Modern, Saskatoon (2017); and Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton (2016). Her group exhibitions include the 14th Gwangju Biennale, South Korea (2023); National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa (2022); Aichi Triennale, Nagoya, Japan (2022); Toronto Biennial of Art (2022); New Museum Triennial, New York (2021); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2020); Heard Museum, Phoenix (2020); Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond (2020); Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville (2018); Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto (2017); Winnipeg Art Gallery (2017); and La Biennale de Montréal (2016).

Lukin Linklater received her PhD in Cultural Studies from Queen’s University (2023), and holds a Master’s of Education from the University of Alberta (2003), and a Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University (1998). She is the 2021 recipient of The Herb Alpert Award in the Arts, Visual Arts and in 2019 she received the Art Writing Award from the Ontario Association of Art Galleries. Slow Scrape, her first book of poetry, was published by The Centre for Expanded Poetics and Anteism (2020) with a second edition published by Talonbooks (2022).

Catriona Jeffries, 2024

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