Duane Linklater, Tautology, 2011–13. Classic gold neon (yellow), Clear red neon, Horizon blue neon, Snow white neon, E-10 neon (green) Aluminum, enamel, transformer, 152.4 x 152.4 cm. Edition of five Courtesy the artist and Susan Hobbs Gallery. Photo Steve Farmer.

Duane Linklater

The Wood Land School project emerges out of Duane Linklater's investigation into Indigenous artists who were based in northern Ontario in the 1970s. That generation of artists consisted of image-makers who engaged with Indigenous art forms and histories, both contemporary and ancient. Each new iteration of this project is interested in continuing and expanding those artists' work through the viewing of historic and contemporary films, reading of articles and books, and through open discourse with artists, writers, curators and anyone else who wishes to take part and contribute.

In this fifth iteration of the project, Linklater and his guests Raymond Boisjoly, Walter Scott, and Marcia Crosby will facilitate a set of roundtable discussions about topics generated by a screening of In the Land of the Head Hunters, a 1914 film by the American photographer Edward Curtis which featured non-professional actors from Kwakwaka’wakw (Kwakiutl) communities in British Columbia. The discussions will be supplemented with additional texts brought in by the guests.

Events

Artist Talk

Wood Land School: In the Land of the Head Hunters
Monday, January 27, 6pm
Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre

Watch the talk HERE.

Screening and Seminar: Wood Land School: In the Land of the Head Hunters

Screening: Edward Curtis. In the Land of the War Canoes. 1914/1973. 47mins.
Tuesday, January 28, 6pm
Room 4955, Simon Fraser University
149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

Seminar: Conversation with Duane Linklater, Raymond Boisjoly, Walter Scott and Marcia Crosby
Wednesday, January 29, 6pm
Room 4390, Simon Fraser University
149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

Seminar: Conversation with Duane Linklater, Raymond Boisjoly and Marcia Crosby
Friday, January 31, 6pm
Room 4390, Simon Fraser University
149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

Duane Linklater is Omaskêko Cree, from Moose Cree First Nation in Northern Ontario and is currently based in North Bay, Ontario. He was educated at the University of Alberta, receiving a Bachelor of Native Studies and a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Linklater attended the Milton Avery Graduate School of Arts at Bard College in upstate New York, completing his Master of Fine Arts in Film and Video. Linklater produces a range of work, including video and film installation, performance and sculptural objects, and often works within the contexts of cooperative and collaborative gestures. He has exhibited and screened his work nationally and internationally, including the Vancouver Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Alberta and Family Business Gallery in New York, and has an upcoming exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in Philadelphia. His collaborative film project with Brian Jungen, Modest Livelihood, was originally presented at the Walter Phillips Gallery at The Banff Centre as a part of dOCUMENTA (13), with subsequent exhibitions at the Logan Centre Gallery at the University of Chicago, Catriona Jeffries Gallery in Vancouver and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Linklater is the recipient of the 2013 Sobey Art Award, an annual prize given to a Canadian artist under 40.

Presented with SFU Galleries.

Duane Linklater: Audain Visual Artist in Residence Talk. Monday, January 27, 6pm. Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Simon Fraser University. Image Credit: Curtis Grahauer.

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