Help the Images Festival bring Duane Linklater and Tanya Lukin Linklater’s grain(s) to Toronto!
Contribute to the premiere of an amazing new interdisciplinary project and support some of Canada’s most innovative artists.
The Images Festival has invited North Bay, Ontario artists Duane Linklater and Tanya Lukin Linklater to create a brand new project as part of our 26th festival, this coming April 11-20 in Toronto. This premiere project, grain(s), is extremely exciting for us — with a presence in both our Off Screen and LIVE programs, it really exemplifies our vision of the Images Festival as an inter-disciplinary arts festival that “expands cinema.”
What is grain(s)?
A new work composed of dance, sound and image, grain(s) see artists Duane Linklater and Tanya Lukin Linklater responding 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). From April 15-19 in the MOCCA (Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art) Main Space, the artists will be in open rehearsal, culminating in a final LIVE performance on April 20 from 4 PM to 6 PM.
The artists have selected these films as source material because they both centre on expedition and engage with “indigenous” populations and their respective relationships to the natural world. While Teshigahara’s work is decidedly fictional, one could argue that Flaherty’s narrative surrounding “Nanook” and his family is also constructed.
Who are the artists?
Duane Linklater is Omaskêko Cree. He attended Bard College in upstate New York, USA, completing his MFA in Film and Video. He has exhibited nationally and internationally at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Family Business Gallery in New York City, and the Power Plant in Toronto. 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 University of Alberta. Her practice spans experimental choreography, performance, text, installation and video. She has performed and exhibited in the U.S. and Canada at grunt gallery, Culver Center of the Arts, Latitude 53’s Visualeyez, LIVE Biennalle and elsewhere. She originates from southwestern Alaska.
What is IMAGES all about?
The Images Festival is Toronto’s original inter-disciplinary arts festival. “Expanding cinema” since 1988, the Images Festival celebrates the moving image in all its forms – going beyond theatrical screenings to embrace live performances, gallery installations and site-specific interventions. Showcasing the best in contemporary image arts from around the world every April, Images provokes audiences to imagine what is possible.
Sounds cool – when and where is this happening again?
Duane and Tanya will be in residence from Monday April 15 to Friday April 19 in the Main Space of MOCCA, 952 Queen Street West at Shaw. The public is invited to join the artists for open rehearsals that week, which will culminate in a final LIVE performance on Saturday April 20 from 4 to 6 PM. The show features a Pay What You Can admission, so it's open to all!
But what if you don’t meet your target? Will the show still go on?
Yes it will. Images is very lucky to count on the support of our public funders as well as our private sponsors, members and donors to make our festival happen every year. But we wish to be proactive about diversifying our revenue, and relying less on public funding in future. We wish to make incredible projects like this one self-sustaining, so that we don’t have to dip into our operating funds, which may result in a deficit and thus reduced programming in future.
Your donations will contribute to artist fees, travel, accommodations, equipment, materials, space rental, and every other component required to make an ambitious and innovative project like grain(s) a reality. But most importantly, your support – at any level - helps Images establish a “Culture of Giving” that will benefit Canadian media artists for generations to come.
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