Linda Duvall is a Saskatoon-based visual artist whose work exists at the intersection of collaboration, performance and conversation. Her hybrid practice addresses recurring themes of connection to place, grief and loss, and the many meanings of exclusion and absence.
Duvall has completed degrees in Sociology and English (Carleton University) and Visual Arts (OCADU, University of Michigan and Plymouth University - Transart Pogramme), and is currently a Professional Affiliate at University of Saskatchewan.
Her work has been exhibited locally, nationally and internationally, including solo exhibitions in Guatemala, Ireland, Barcelona, Slovenia and across Canada. Her most recent shows were at Gallery TPW Toronto, Articule in Montreal, OV Gallery in Shanghai, Latcham Gallery Stouffville and Sporobole in Sherbrooke, PQ.
The Remai Modern is presenting
JUNE 25, 2016 3:00–5:00PM
Saskatoon Symphony 408 20th Street West, Saskatoon
The Unacknowledged is an ongoing, multi-faceted project by Linda Duvall that focuses on deceased individuals whose bodies have gone unclaimed. Due to the person’s situation at the time of death, there is no funeral, no obituary, and no celebration of life. While it can be easy to make assumptions about the circumstances and decisions that lead to this, the reasons are complex and each story is unique. The Unacknowledged allows for the recognition of the lives and deaths of these anonymous men and women, who are a vital part of our families and our communities.
For this presentation of The Unacknowledged, Duvall has been in dialog with different communities and faith groups about how they approach death. These ceremonies, rituals, music, and food customs will be incorporated into a commemoration event featuring diverse participants, each honoring an unclaimed person. While these gestures reflect the background and personal beliefs of the participants, together they reflect on our shared social bonds and the vulnerability and fragility of all lives. By naming the unclaimed in a shared public context, The Unacknowledged recognizes that there are people in our community without family supports, either through estrangement, geographical distance, containment in institutions, and other complicated situations.
For an earlier component of the project, Duvall worked with collaborators from across Canada—including theologians, poets, lawyers, inmates, filmmakers, health care workers, and street involved women—to produce commemorative banners for over 30 unclaimed individuals.
A selection of these will be displayed from June 21 - July 3, 2016
An artist discussion will follow on Tuesday, June 28th, 8:00pm at TBD. Moderated by Rose Bouthillier, Curator (Exhibitions) of Remai Modern, audience participation is encouraged.
Duvall presented the project The Unacknowledged at the Open Engagement Conference that was being held in Oakland California in April 2016
The Unacknowledged project focuses on deceased individuals who have no family or others to claim their bodies after they die. This means that there is no funeral, no obituary, no celebration of life. The project The Unacknowledged allows for an acknowledgment of the lives and deaths of these men and women. Others may assume them powerless, if only in their invisibility after death. This project gives them back a voice, but also raises questions about what it means to die unacknowledged.
FRIDAY, JUNE 24TH, 2016 / CORMONS, ITALY
6:00 pm / Società Cormonese Austria Gallery, via Matteotti 14, Cormon, Italy
OPENING OF THE EXHIBITION OF CONTEMPORARY ART PHYSIS & TÉKHNE contemporary artists in comparison with technology and nature in the ‘900 conflicts.
The exhibition will be open from June the 24th to July the 31th, 2016.
ARTWORKS BY O Yemi Tubi, Cosima Montavoci, Anastasia Vepreva, John Atkin, Linda Duvall, Victoria Lucas, Vanessa Gageos, Natalie Vanheule, Daniel Wechsler, Sarawut Chutiwongpeti.
The work included in this exhibition is What They saw on the Way to the Synagogue on 26th April 1944.
On Thursday August 20th in Toronto, I created a one-night project with Art Spin.
This event involved a 6 feet deep and 4000 square foot hole, a choir, an enormous pile of rebar and concrete rubble, and an opera singer.
The Centre for Memory and Testimony Studies in Kitchener Waterloo, in association with Wilfrid Laurier University presented the exhibition "I was there!”
at Paul Martin Centre at Wilfrid Laurier University, Kitchener, ON.
I presented the work What They saw on the Way to the Synagogue on 26th April 1944.
On Friday October 3 - 4 from 7 pm to 7 am I presented the video installation The Hole as part of an exhibition at OCADU for Nuit Blanche.
"Duvall’s work is as much about sociology and anthropology as it is about art. She takes, however, the role of ‘rebel sociologist’ … her interest is less in scientific methodology than in constructing work that fascinates in its final presentation."
Linda Jansma 'Sanctioned Deception' in catalogue Linda Duvall Enough White Lies 2005
"Linda Duvall engineers temporary relationships between strangers. Her social engagement art works bring people together to share stories across divides of culture, class and region. She uses artifice to encourage authenticity. These initially awkward meetings soon melt barriers to reveal a common humanity. The projects are fuelled by a faith in the healing properties of purposeless dialogue. Success is measured by feelings of quality engagement rather than the achievement of some end. The work is goalless but not guileless. The encounters are not ephemeral; Duvall records some of the sessions, others can be eavesdropped, so we can marvel at the richness of interpersonal discourse."
David Garneau 'Engaging Strangers' in catalogue Linda Duvall Where were the Mothers? 2009