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The Performative Portfolio of Tanya Lukin Linklater

A photo of a dance performance held in a space with sculptural objectsA song, a felt structure: We are putting ourselves back together again

Tanya Lukin Linklater is a video and performance artist whose works combine elements of institutional critique and spatial awareness with discussions of sociopolitical issues, particularly issues concerning Indigenous peoples. The artist’s works are often collaborative, and work off of other performers, as well as gallery spaces and the objects therein. 

A photo of a dance performance in a gallery spaceWe wear one another (open rehearsal, March 2019)


Even in the photographs and videos available on Tanya’s portfolio website, it’s easy to see how important space and backdrop are to the artist’s recent works. Though Tanya’s dance and performance choreography is arguably the focus of a given piece, it’s undeniable that each piece would be quite different were it to be performed in a different space. The imagery of pieces like We wear one another is striking, with the windows and architecture behind the dancers providing not only backdrop, but lighting and colour. 

A screen capture of Tanya Lukin Linklater's art portfolio


Many of the artist’s pieces are performed by a pair of dancers, furthering the idea that these dances are not only a performance, but a direct conversation, a collaboration between individuals sharing ideas.

A photo of a performance in relation to a gallery art installationUntitled (for Sonya Kelliher-Combs), Part 2, 2018, performance in relation to Sonya Kelliher-Combs' Orange Curl, 2012

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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