Duane Linklater / Biography / 2017


Duane Linklater is Omaskêko Ininiwak from Moose Cree First Nation and was born in 1976. He is currently based in North Bay, Ontario. He 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.

Linklater’s practice is concerned in part with the exploration of the physical and theoretical structures of the museum in relation to the current and historical conditions of Indigenous people and their objects and forms. These explorations are articulated in a myriad of forms including sculpture, photography, film and video, installation and text works. Additionally, Linklater initiated Wood Land School in 2011, a nomadic formless project that seeks, in each of its iterations, to center Indigenous forms and ideas in the institutional spaces that it inhabits. WLS currently inhabits the SBC Gallery in Montreal for the entire year of 2017 and will publish a new forthcoming collection of critical texts by various contributors emerging from an organized symposium in Vancouver 2016. WLS will also be attending Under the Mango Tree in Athens and Kassel as a part of Documenta 14. Linklater has exhibited his work nationally and internationally at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto (2015), Vancouver Art Gallery (2015), 80 WSE Gallery in New York City (2017), Institute of Contemporary Arts Philadelphia (2015), the Utah Museum of Fine Arts in Salt Lake City (2015), the SeMa Biennale in Seoul Korea (2016), and Documenta 13 to name a few. Forthcoming projects include a solo exhibition at the Eli And Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University and new public art commission in Don Valley in Toronto Canada. Duane has also received several prizes including the 2013 Sobey Art Award, a national annual prize given to an artist under 40 and more recently the Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award from the Canada Council for the Arts in 2016. Duane is currently represented by Catriona Jeffries Gallery, Vancouver.


Current Exhibitions

Monsters for Beauty, Permanence and Individuality, Don Valley, Toronto Canada

Insurgence / Resurgence, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg Canada

In Dialogue, Art Museum at the University of Toronto, Toronto Canada

Monument Lab, Penn Treaty Park, Philadelphia USA

Upcoming Exhibitions

Field Station, Eli and Edith Broad Art Museum, East Lansing Michigan USA

Determined by the River (with Tanya Lukin-Linklater), Remai Modern, Saskatoon, Canada