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

Tanya Lukin Linklater - North Bay, Canada

Video Installation

The treaty is in the body, 2017

Lukin Linklater works to transmit ideas which though invisible our bodies respond to. "The treaty is in the body" arose out of the artist’s research on Indigenous understandings of treaty, which implicate Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada.

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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

Suitable for all ages

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.)

This project is outdoors.