Duane Linklater is Omaskêko Cree from Moose Cree First Nation in Northern Ontario and he is currently based in North Bay. 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. He produces a range of work including: video and film installation, performance, sculptural objects, and often works within the contexts of cooperative and collaborative gestures. He has exhibited and screened his work nationally and internationally at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Alberta, and Family Business Gallery in New York City. His collaborative film project with Brian Jungen, Modest Livelihood, was originally presented at the Walter Phillips Gallery at The Banff Centre in collaboration with dOCUMENTA (13). Many of Linklater's projects often involve elements of collaboration between himself and his family members, friends, strangers, artists, musicians, and curators.
Linklater’s work is featured in the current exhibition Beat Nation: Art, Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture. During this artist talk, the artist considers the metaphor of the treaty medal to explore themes of negotiation, cooperation and collaboration as they relate to his larger practice.
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Duane Linklater: Special Guest Co-Host Indigenous Waves with Susan Blight
Monday, April 29, 4-5PM
Linklater will discuss his work Migrations, currently featured in the exhibition Beat Nation: Art, Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture. He will play the eight tracks, both hip-hop and blues songs, that provide the source material for the work. Both Linklater and radio host, Toronto-based artist Susan Blight, will discuss their respective relationships to hip hop music, its sometimes complicated listening, and their ongoing recovery of both the Ojibway and Cree languages.