The Wood Land School: On “12 Years a Slave”


Duane Linklater, 2013 Sobey Art Award Exhibition – Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax

Tuesday, 10 December 2013
Art Metropole (1490 Dundas Street West)

In conjunction the Wood Land School, this salon will discuss Steve McQueen’s film 12 Years a Slave.

Duane Linklater in attendance.

The Wood Land School is a project of Duane Linklater’s that recalls the Woodlands School artists of the 1970s. In this iteration, the Wood Land School will continue Linklater’s inquiry into the activation and investigation of space through the specificity of the present by discussing Steve McQueen’s latest film, 12 Years a Slave, which is based on the autobiography of Soloman Northup, a free man who was sold into slavery in the antebellum United States of the 1800s.

Though the film will not be screened at the salon, participants are encouraged (though not required) to see the film beforehand. Texts about the film will be read aloud by participants and act as a point of departure for the discussion.

Duane Linklater (MFA, 2012, Bard College) lives and works in North Bay, Ontario. Recent solo exhibitions include Beothuck Building (Or Gallery, Vancouver) and Secondary Explanation (The New Gallery, Calgary); the two person exhibition Modest Livelihood (with Brian Jungen, dOCUMENTA (13), Banff); and group exhibition Beat Nation (The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto).  Linklater is the winner of the 2013 Sobey Art Award.

This meeting of No Reading After the Internet (Toronto) is supported by the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto and Art Metropole.