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AGO presents acclaimed film by Brian Jungen and 2013 Sobey Art Award winner Duane Linklater

TORONTO—Celebrated Canadian artists Brian Jungen and 2013 Sobey Art Prize winner Duane Linklater present the Ontario debut of their silent film Modest Livelihood at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) on Oct. 26, 2013. The 50-minute film, which premiered at the Banff Centre in 2012 as part of dOCUMENTA 13, features Jungen and Linklater on a series of moose-hunting trips together in northern British Columbia. The film will be presented as a 12-by-21-foot installation in the AGO’s Signy Eaton Gallery until June 15, 2014.

Jungen and Linklater are both winners of the Sobey Art Award, one of Canada’s most prestigious art prizes¬—Jungen won the inaugural Sobey prize in 2002 and Linklater recently followed in his footsteps to claim the 2013 award on Oct. 9, 2013. Known as two of Canada’s leading contemporary indigenous artists, the two collaborated on Modest Livelihood to reflect a desire to reclaim their ancestral knowledge. Jungen’s uncle serves as a guide during the first moose-hunting expedition, leading the artists through the wilderness with his intimate knowledge of the land, before setting them off again on their own.

Modest Livelihood is a completely silent, visually stunning and absolutely humbling cinematic escape into the Canadian wilderness,” says Kitty Scott, AGO curator of modern and contemporary art. “The film represents an incredible collaboration between two important Canadian artists: the celebrated, internationally renowned sculptor Brian Jungen, and exciting up-and-comer Duane Linklater, who is one to watch.”

Shot in Super 16mm by American cinematographer Jesse Cain, the film was edited by Jungen and Linklater during their residencies at the Banff Centre in 2012. Commended as “striking” by the Globe and Mail, the film has captivated audiences at the Catriona Jeffries Gallery in Vancouver and the Logan Center for the Arts in Chicago.

This marks the first exhibition of artwork by Duane Linklater at the AGO. A member of the Moose Cree First Nation in Northern Ontario, the artist is based in North Bay.

Jungen is internationally renowned for creating artworks that repurpose objects from contemporary culture to reflect aboriginal symbols and traditions. Jungen’s last solo exhibition at the AGO was in 2010, when he received the Gershon Iskowitz Prize at the AGO.


Brian Jungen lives and works in Vancouver and the Peace Country in northeastern British Columbia. He has exhibited nationally and internationally in major solo and group exhibitions. Using reclaimed materials and creating a hybridity of meaning in these objects, Jungen's work evokes cultural traditions and points to the link between the social and environmental effects of our globalized trade in mass-produced objects. Solo exhibitions include National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, D.C. (2010); Le Frac des Pays de la Loire, Carquefou, France (2009); Casey Kaplan, New York (2008); Museum Villa Stuck, Munich (2007); Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver (2007); and Tate Modern, London (2006).

Duane Linklater, Omaskêko Cree, is an emerging artist who lives and works in North Bay, Ontario. He studied at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, receiving bachelor’s degrees in Native Studies and Fine Arts. Linklater attended the Milton Avery Graduate School of Arts at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, completing his Master of Fine Arts in film and video. He has exhibited and screened his work nationally and internationally at galleries such as the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto; the Power Plant, Toronto; Utopics – 11th Swiss Sculpture Exhibition, Biel; Anthology Film Archives, New York and exhibited new works at the Susan Hobbs Gallery in Toronto in June of 2013 in a solo exhibition organized by Althea Thauberger. He is the recipient of the 2013 Sobey Art Award.

With a collection of more than 80,000 works of art, the Art Gallery of Ontario is among the most distinguished art museums in North America. From the vast body of Group of Seven and signature Canadian works to the African art gallery, from the cutting-edge contemporary art to Peter Paul Rubens’ masterpiece The Massacre of The Innocents, the AGO offers an incredible art experience with each visit. In 2002 Ken Thomson’s generous gift of 2,000 remarkable works of Canadian and European art inspired Transformation AGO, an innovative architectural expansion by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry that in 2008 resulted in one of the most critically acclaimed architectural achievements in North America. Highlights include Galleria Italia, a gleaming showcase of wood and glass running the length of an entire city block, and the often-photographed spiral staircase, beckoning visitors to explore. The AGO has an active membership program offering great value, and the AGO’s Weston Family Learning Centre offers engaging art and creative programs for children, families, youth and adults. Visit to find out more about upcoming special exhibitions, to learn about eating and shopping at the AGO, to register for programs and to buy tickets or memberships.

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The AGO is funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. Additional operating support is received from the City of Toronto, the Canada Council for the Arts and generous contributions from AGO members, donors and private-sector partners.


For more information about Modest Livelihood, please contact:
Laura Banks; News Officer, AGO Communications
416-979-6660, ext. 504,
Andrea-Jo Wilson; News Officer, AGO Communications
416-979-6660, ext. 403,

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