This moment an endurance to the end forever
Tanya Lukin Linklater
with Sassa Linklater and Tobi Linklater
09 October – 14 November 2020
Co-presented in partnership with imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival
This moment an endurance to the end forever is an exhibition shaped in the living room of Tanya Lukin Linklater: an ever-shifting space that has witnessed gatherings of Omaskeko Cree families of North Bay, performances by Indigenous women, and now acts as a shared studio space for the artist and her two children. As a site for the transmission of Indigenous knowledge, this space holds a history of making work with children and sharing Indigenous knowledge of treaties through their connections to land, ancestors, and future generations.
Together, the works in This moment an endurance to the end forever gesture towards Indigenous learning and embodied practices in relation. The floral patterns of kohkom scarves and nautical knots of Alutiiq fishing customs frame Lukin Linklater’s video work and new digital commissions by Sassa and Tobias Linklater, continuing a multigenerational discussion of what treaties mean for family, and building agency within these histories for future inheritors.
Tanya Lukin Linklater makes performances and works for camera. She has shown at SFMOMA (2020), Chicago Architecture Biennial (2019), Art Gallery of Ontario (2017) and elsewhere. Slow Scrape, her first book of poetry, is forthcoming from The Centre for Expanded Poetics and Anteism. She is a member of the Native Villages of Port Lions and Afognak in southern Alaska and based in Nbisiing Anishnabek territory in northern Ontario.
Tobi Linklater plays basketball competitively and is a film and video major in his secondary school’s specialized arts program. He is 16 years old and Omaskeko Cree (Moose Cree First Nation) and Alutiiq (Native Villages of Afognak and Port Lions). He has shown videos at Mercer Union (Toronto), 80WSE (New York City), and All my Relations Arts (Minneapolis).
Sassa Linklater is an old style fancy shawl and jingle dress dancer. She has performed in three works for video since 2011. She is 12 years old and Omaskeko Cree (Moose Cree First Nation) and Alutiiq (Native Villages of Afognak and Port Lions). She has shown a video at All My Relations in Minneapolis.