From Our Hands, an exhibition by Duane Linklater (b. 1976, Omask êko Cree from Moose Cree First Nation in Northern Ontario), features a series of new works by the artist, including a large-scale architectural intervention that runs through all five galleries. The walls of 80WSE Gallery have been removed and new powder coated steel studs introduce What Then Remains, an excerpt from a statement by Justice Sonia Sotomayor. When the exhibition closes, it will be plastered over the reinstated gallery walls and will become an invisible presence in the gallery.
The exhibition explores ideas of family, indigenous history and rights, and features the cultural legacy of Ethel Linklater (1932-2004), the artist’s paternal grandmother, whose indigenous crafts are presented within the galleries. A stop motion video by the artist’s twelve-year old son, Tobias, is part of this exhibition, as well.
From Our Hands is presented in collaboration with Mercer Union, a centre for contemporary art, Toronto with support from Partners In Art.
Photo: Duane Linklater Speculative apparatus 1 for the work of nokompan Concrete, welded stainless steel, tape 16 x 16 x 19 inches with Beaded Slippers, c 1980 Ethel Linklater Caribou Leather, moose leather, beads, rabbit fur 9 x 3.5 inches Collection of Thunder Bay Art Gallery.