Tanya Lukin Linklater

He was a poet and he taught us how to react and to become this poetry Part 1, 2016
He was a poet and he taught us how to react and to become this poetry Part 2, 2016
Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal

The work of Tanya Lukin Linklater consists of a performative practice that is expressed through live interventions, installations, photographs, videos and texts. Her projects often involve participation by dancers or musicians, as well as the artist, whose physical presence, on the fringe of the central actions, remains operative. Beyond performance, over the years Lukin Linklater has developed a writing practice that she incorporates into some of her visual works. Alongside her own writings, she sometimes uses that of others to establish a dialogue with the gestural and spatial scores interpreted by the performers. These different narrative forms are brought together in order to highlight the body-object relationship, which is fundamental in the artist’s practice. More specifically, she questions the dominant, objectifying gaze cast at Indigenous women’s bodies and culture, and examines the ethical dimension of this gaze from the perspective of an Indigenous feminist approach.

For Le Grand Balcon, she tackles these issues by focusing on a remarkable figure in the world of dance: the first Native American prima ballerina, Maria Tallchief. Through her close collaboration with the eminent choreographer George Balanchine, which included working with Igor Stravinsky, Tallchief affords an opportunity to explore the Indigenous female body within the disciplinary structure of ballet. In retracing Tallchief’s relationship to the particularly high physical demands of dance, as well as her close connection with the choreographer, the artist offers a new facet of her approach to the ethics of the gaze. Her performative project includes live rehearsals in the exhibition gallery and a video recalling the importance of the notion of transmission throughout her work.

With the collaboration of Ivanie Aubin-Malo, Catherine Dagenais-Savard, Ceinwen Gobert, Hanako Hoshimi-Caines.

Video Editor: Duane Linklater