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Duane Linklater (Omaskêko Cree, b. 1976)

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Date: 2020
Medium: Digital print on hand-dyed linen (black tea, sumac, charcoal, cup-and-saucer ochre, iron-red pigment, dandelion), nails
Object Dimensions: 218 x 312 x 6 in. (553.72 x 792.48 x 15.24 cm)
Credit Line: Courtesy of Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver

Each component of this installation is the same size and shape as a functional tepee cover, complete with stake loops and rectangular smoke flaps. In Cree tradition, tepee covers would typically be made of animal skins or sturdy cotton duck canvas, but Linklater uses hand-dyed linen as his support for digitally printed imagery and charcoal markings. The artist made the hand-drawn hashmarks on the work’s surface during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown and amid Black Lives Matter protests for racial justice, reflecting on the passing of time, the cyclical nature of social history, and the notion of the whole comprising the many. The title refers to the influential Black American jazz poet Gil Scott-Heron’s 1975 song “Winter in America,” which describes a dystopic American society of “last-ditch racists marching across the floor.”

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