Duane Linklater is Omaskêko Cree, from the Moose Cree First Nation and was born in Moose Factory, Ontario. Winner of Canada’s highly prestigious Sobey Art Award (2013), Linkklater is an internationally renowned multidisciplinary artist working across film and video, sculpture, installation, and performance. His work speaks to problems of cultural loss and revitalization as well as issues of legitimacy, authorship and appropriation. His collaborative projects bring critical awareness to powerful issues of cultural exchange, ownership, and language, which extend far beyond the artworks themselves, making this artist a key figure in contemporary art both at home and abroad. His approach to art-making enables collaboration and facilitates audience engagement. Linklater received undergraduate degrees in Native Studies (2003) and Fine Arts in Painting (2005) from the University of Alberta, followed by an MFA in Painting, Film, and Video at the Milton Avery Graduate School of Arts at Bard College, New York (2012). He has participated in group and solo exhibitions in Australia, across Canada and the United States, in France, Germany, Indonesia, Scotland, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.
His work was included in the group exhibition Beat Nation: Art, Hip-Hop, and Aboriginal Culture, which opened at the Vancouver Art Gallery and toured across Canada (2012-2014). His collaborative film project with Brian Jungen, Modest Livelihood (2012), concerned with the use and self-determination of native land, was originally presented at the Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff Centre in collaboration with dOCUMENTA 13, and later toured to the Art Gallery of Ontario, Catriona Jeffries Gallery, Logan Centre Gallery, and VOX Centre de L’image Contemporaine (2012-2014). He currently lives and works in North Bay, Ontario.
Significant solo exhibitions include:
Salt 11: Duane Linklater, Utah Museum of Fine Art (2015)
Decommission, Mclaren Art Centre (2013).
His work is retained in the collections of:
National Gallery of Canada
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
McLaren Art Centre.