April 11 – 21, 2013

26th IMAGES Festival

Duane Linklater in collaboration with Tanya Lukin Linklater respond to two films, Robert Flaherty’s seminal documentary, Nanook of the North (1922) and Hiroshi Teshigahara’s fictional narrative The Woman in the Dunes (1964) with a new work composed of dance, sound and image. The artists selected these films as source material as they both centre on expedition and engage with “indigenous” populations (the “Eskimos” of the east coast of Hudson Bay in Quebec, and a fictional population who reside at the bottom of sand dunes in Japan), and their respective relationships to the natural world. While Teshigahara’s work is decidedly fictional, one could aruge that Flaherty’s narrative surrounding “Nanook” and his family (over the course of one year) is also constructed. The artists are compelled by questions surrounding being-ness, performance, and the Other in both films as well as notions of captivity. Tanya Lukin Linklater has developed a physical score derived from gesture, body and subtle movement from both films, accompanied by an interpretation of musical sections chosen from the respective film scores. The editing of select landscape shots from each film (Hudson Bay tundra/sea ice and Japanese sand dunes/ocean) by Duane Linklater provides the backdrop for an installation that investigates questions surrounding authenticity, ethnography, and appropriation.

Curated by Kate MacKay, Interim Artistic Director Images Festival Co-presented by MOCCA and the 26th IMAGES Festival

About the artists
Duane Linklater is Omaskêko Cree. He attended Bard College in New York, completing his MFA in film and video. 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) in 2012.

Tanya Lukin Linklater studied at Stanford University and the University of Alberta. Her practice spans experimental choreography, performance, text, installation and video. She has performed and exhibited in the US and Canada. She originates from southwestern Alaska and is based in northern Ontario.

Installation Shots

Opening Reception

Sunday April 14, 2 – 6 pm Performance Saturday April 20, 4 pm


2013 Awards Ceremony
Saturday April 20, 6 pm at MOCCA