Duane Linklater and Raymond Boisjoly will discuss their respective work as artists, focusing on the critical negotiation of the land as a concept, in relation to Indigenous histories and contemporary practice. The conversation offers a proposal to think and work collectively, from the site itself. It will be informed by Boisjoly and Linklater’s visits to Toronto’s Lower Don River, including a “field research” workshop with OCADU Indigenous art students preceding the talk. Both artists have exhibited widely, nationally and internationally. They have forged a long-standing conversation around art making and Indigeneity over many years, which they will here open to the public.
Moderated by curator and writer Cheyanne Turions.
This is the first public art talk as part of Evergreen’s new contemporary art initiative on the Lower Don Trail, curated by Kari Cwynar. It will feature an ongoing series of site-specific projects, performances, talks and workshops; Linklater will undertake the inaugural commission in late 2016-2017.
Raymond Boisjoly is an Indigenous artist of Haida and Quebecois descent based in Vancouver, Canada. His practice concerns the deployment of images, objects and materials in and as Indigenous art. A reflexive approach is used to foreground the discourses which frame and delimit the work produced by Indigenous artists. Boisjoly has been included in exhibitions and projects at SITE Santa Fe, Triangle France (Marseille), Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, Vancouver Art Gallery, The Power Plant (Toronto) and Presentation House Gallery (North Vancouver). Boisjoly is an Assistant Professor at Emily Carr University of Art and Design and is represented by Catriona Jeffries Gallery.
Duane Linklater is Omaskêko Cree, from Moose Cree First Nation in Northern Ontario and is currently based in North Bay, Ontario. Duane attended the Milton Avery Graduate School of Arts at Bard College in upstate New York, USA, completing his Master of Fine Arts in Film and Video. He has exhibited and screened his work nationally and internationally at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Family Business Gallery in New York City, Te Tuhi Centre for Arts Auckland, New Zealand, City Arts Centre in Edinburgh Scotland, Institute of Contemporary Arts Philadelphia and the Utah Museum of Fine Arts in Salt Lake City. 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 of this work at the Logan Centre Gallery at the University of Chicago (curated by Monika Szewcyyk), and the Art Gallery of Ontario (curated by Kitty Scott). Duane was also the recipient of the 2013 Sobey Art Award, an annual prize given to an artist under 40. Duane is currently represented by Catriona Jeffries Gallery, Vancouver.
This event is part of the Don Dialogues series brought to you by Evergreen and The Ribbon Campaign.
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