EXHIBITION: You sit in a garden

September 23, 2021 - November 21, 2021

Critical Distance Centre for Curators (CDCC) – Fall 2021 Exhibition

Artists: Tanya Lukin Linklater, Laurie Kang, Lila De Magalhaes, Nona Inescu, Jenine Marsh
Curator: Chris Andrews


Dear visitor,

Welcome to our shrouded backyard, this garden filled with holes. It was aerated earlier: the earth turned inside out. Now it sits in small amulets across the lawn, left permeable.

You have to know that when this garden was conceived, I had been walking barefoot on a reflexology footpath in the early morning; a circular path with stones protruding from its concrete floor. After stripping off my shoes and socks, I carefully put one foot down after the other onto the stones. They pushed back like they were trying to tell me something – offered themselves as a gift to each bone that inhabits the foot. 

I propose this space as a sensory garden; little pieces of the footpath evaporated and distilled. Each artwork here proposes a way to live, with its own ontology, and I take notes from every one. These works present the body’s overwhelming capacity for potential, both for things that propose to harm (illness, infection, disability), and those that support (health care systems, healing touches, assistive technologies). You sit in a garden sees this all become entangled with different definitions of life itself.


You sit in a garden brings together the work of Tanya Lukin Linklater, Laurie Kang, Jenine Marsh, Lila de Magalhaes, and Nona Inescu. Each included work proposes a new bodily form, movement, or way to touch, pushing for an expanded definition of what a body should be.

About the Curator(s)

Chris Andrews

Chris Andrews (b. 1994) is a curator and artist living and working in Tiohtià:ke (Montréal).

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About the Artists

Tanya Lukin Linklater

Tanya Lukin Linklater’s performances, works for camera, installations, and writings centre histories of Indigenous peoples’ lives, lands, and structures of sustenance. Her performances in relation to objects in exhibition, scores, and ancestral belongings generate what she has come to call felt structures.

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Laurie Kang

Laurie Kang’s work explores the body as an ongoing process and environment. She has exhibited at The New Museum, SculptureCenter, Interstate Projects, Cue Art Foundation, New York; Oakville Galleries, Oakville; The Power Plant, Franz Kaka, Cooper Cole, Gallery TPW, and Carl Louie, Toronto; Remai Modern, Saskatoon; Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran and L’inconnue, Montreal; Raster Gallery, Warsaw; and Camera Austria, Graz.

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Lila de Magalhaes

Lila de Magalhaes (b. 1986 Rio de Janiero, Brazil) lives and works in Los Angeles.

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Nona Inescu

Nona Inescu (b. 1991) lives and works in Bucharest, Romania. She completed her studies in the summer of 2016 at the National University of Arts in Bucharest (Photography and Video Department) after studying at the Chelsea College of Art & Design in London (2009-2010) and at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp (2010-2011).

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Jenine Marsh

Jenine Marsh (b. 1984, Calgary, Canada) received her MFA from the University of Guelph in 2013 and her BFA from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2007. Her work has been exhibited in numerous art venues including OSL contemporary, Oslo; Entrée, Bergen, Norway; Rupert, Vilnius, Lituania; Gianni Manhattan, Vienna, Austria; COOPER COLE, 8-11, G Gallery, Toronto; Vie d’ange, Montreal; Ed Video, Guelph; Truck Gallery, Stride Gallery, Calgary; Struts Gallery, Sackville; and The Bakery, Griffin Art Projects, Vancouver; Canada; CK2, New York; Chapter 61, Brooklyn; Beautiful, Chicago; Hannah Hoffman Gallery, Night Gallery, ASHES/ASHES, Los Angeles; and Fourteen30, Portland, USA; O.

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Eve Tagny

Eve Tagny (Montreal) is a multidisciplinary artist working with photography, video, writing and environmentally focused installation. Her practice is focused on mending traumatic disruptions through nature. Her work has been shown in Canada and abroad. Her photo book Lost Love, was the recipient of an Honourable Mention from the BurtynskyFind out more