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Calculating Upon the Unforeseen curated by Clara HalpernThe treaty is in the body, 2017

The treaty is in the body, 2017

Tanya Lukin Linklater - North Bay, Canada

The artist writes “I am most often engaged with Indigenous ideas and I am interested in the ways in which ideas are mobile. Even in the face of structures that attempt to contain, they can be activated and become uncontainable.”

The body is a way to know—a way to transmit knowledge. In her practice, Lukin Linklater works with dancers to transmit ideas, which, though invisible, our bodies respond to.

This project arose out of the artist’s research into treaty, catalyzed by Chief Theresa Spence’s hunger strike in Ottawa, a 44-day political action in 2012 and 2013. The artist recalls signs held at rallies during Idle No More: "We are all treaty people" and "Moosehide tanners against fascism". This video takes up Indigenous understandings of treaty relationships which are at the foundation of Canada. It calls for non-Indigenous audiences to consider their implication within treaty. The site of this project, the Toronto Labyrinth, offers a space for contemplating this embodied past, present and future.

Film Credits:

Performances: Ivanie Aubin-Malo, Sassa Linklater, Tanya Lukin Linklater, Keisha Stone 
Camera/Sound: Neven Lochhead

Tanya Lukin Linklater's performance collaborations, videos, installations and texts have been exhibited, performed and published in Canada and abroad. She is concerned with relationships between bodies, histories, pedagogy, Indigenous conceptual spaces, Indigenous languages and institutions. Born in Alaska, she studied at Stanford University as well as the University of Alberta. Currently based in northern Ontario, she is a member of Wood Land School.

Video Installation


Century of Revolutions Taking to the Streets Life on Neebahgeezis Calculating the Unforeseen Independent Projects Major Institutions Event Centre

Trinity Square Park

24 Trinity Square (The project is adjacent to the Toronto Public Labyrinth in Trinity Square Park. Entrance to the project is at the north end of the park.)

Suitable for all ages

Thank you to The Labyrinth Community Network

This project is outdoors.