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Slay All Day: Tanya Lukin Linklater
September 21-October 15, 2018

Opening reception: Thursday September 20, 6-9pm
Artist talk with Tanya Lukin Linklater: Friday September 21, 6pm

Tanya Lukin Linklater, Slay All Day (still), 2016. HD video for web (silent), 4:16. Courtesy of the artist.

ma ma is pleased to present Slay All Day: Tanya Lukin Linklater, the first solo exhibition of the artist’s work in Toronto.

Slay All Day delves into Lukin Linklater’s practice through the adjacency of three works, each centred on the Indigenous female body, movement, and knowledge transmission. In Slay All Day (2016) contemporary dance is informed by gestures from Robert Flaherty’s problematic 1922 film Nanook of the North and Inuit athletics. These two sources have a dialectic relationship that resonates with the work’s presentation as a diptych, and the dancer’s traditional versus contemporary dance attire. Silent due to cultural protocols, the video The treaty is in the body (2017) centres on Omaskeko Cree families in North Bay, Ontario who gather to discuss the transmission of Indigenous knowledge through orality and understandings of treaty through the body. Finally, Lukin Linklater will create a site-specific installation of her text work A Girl (2012), that was written in response to the attempted assassination of girls’ education activist, Malala Yousafzai, in the region of Swat Valley, Pakistan. Together, these works create dialogue about intimacy, strength, violence, and bodily memory.

Tanya Lukin Linklater's performances in museums, videos and installations have been exhibited in Canada, the United States and abroad. In 2017, as a member of Wood Land School, she participated in Under the Mango Tree - Sites of Learning, a gathering for documenta14 in Athens and Kassel. In 2018 she was the inaugural recipient of the Wanda Koop Research Fund administered by Canadian Art. Tanya originates from the Native Villages of Afognak and Port Lions in southwestern Alaska and is based in northern Ontario.

Artist talk with Camille Rojas: Thursday October 4, 7pm
Toronto-based artist Camille Rojas will speak about her artistic practice rooted in dance and film, while responding to the current exhibition.

In the Air: Steffani Jemison and Julia Phillips
October 19-November 12, 2018

Opening reception: Wednesday October 17, 6-9pm
Artist talk with Steffani Jemison: Saturday November 3

Steffani Jemison, Escaped Lunatic (still), 2010-11. HD video, colour, sound, 7:41. Courtesy of the artist.

ma ma’s final exhibition at their first space on Campbell Avenue is In the Air, an installation of two videos: Steffani Jemison’s Escaped Lunatic and Julia Phillips’ Shake (A Choreography for Flying Hair).

Escaped Lunatic takes cinematic ques from early chase scenes, in which a “lunatic” character is running, having escaped imprisonment. Jemison’s video casts parkour practitioners and films them traversing various urban landscapes in Houston, each taking a different approach to navigating the architecture and obstacles physically. As Jemison points out, there is an element of magic to how these individuals leap, flip, and climb over structures that we are programmed to move through in specific ways. This gesture of exceeding or reorienting around established structures has a methodological resonance. Julia Phillips’ looped video Shake (A Choreography for Flying Hair) depicts a woman with short hair swinging her head to an irregular, silent rhythm, as if she has long cascading hair that her movements are meant to showcase. The absence of her ‘flying hair’ draws attention to the bodily movements that index this imagined physical feature, and is emphasized by the use of silhouette. With limited reference to identity, this work and Phillips’ practice explores how physical, social and psychological relations are constructed, and in this case, recognized phenomenologically.

In the Air brings these two works together to be considered separately as well as in dialogue. The works raise a number of questions about the potentials of the body, imagination, and structural critique that are not self contained in the exhibition’s curatorial statement. The exhibition is accompanied by a booklet of essays.

Steffani Jemison uses time-based, photographic, and discursive platforms to examine "progress" and its alternatives. Jemison's work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Solo exhibitions and performances include MASS MoCA, Jeu de Paume, CAPC Bordeaux, the Museum of Modern Art, Nottingham Contemporary, LAXART, and the RISD Museum. Her work is in the public collections of the Whitney Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Studio Museum in Harlem, and the Kadist Foundation. Jemison was born in Berkeley, California, and is currently based in Brooklyn, New York. She holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2009) and a BA in Comparative Literature from Columbia University (2003).

Julia Phillips was born and raised in Hamburg and is the citizen of Germany and the United States. She recently relocated from New York to Chicago, where she lives, work, and teaches. Phillips describes her intellectual interests to be framed by psycho-analytical and Black feminist thought, as well as Postcolonial questions and issues of social belonging. Her most recent exhibitions are her first institutional solo exhibition 'Failure Detection’ at MoMA PS1, her participation in the 10th Berlin Biennial ‘We don’t need another hero’, and her participation in the New Museum Triennial ‘Songs for Sabotage’. Her next upcoming show will be a group exhibition at Matthew Marks gallery L.A. Phillips’ work has been reviewed in Art Forum, The New Yorker, Frieze, FlashArt International, Contemporary& Magazine, and CURA magazine.

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ma ma is a not-for-profit art space in Toronto organized by Magdalyn Asimakis and Heather Rigg. ma ma engages with artists exploring issues around temporality, technology, embodiment, access, and institutional critique. ma ma will be hosting exhibitions, talks, screenings, and reading groups in their temporary space.


ma ma respectfully acknowledges that it is situated on the traditional territories of the Anishinaabe, the Haudenosaunee, and the Wendat peoples.





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