Cannupa Hanska Luger
Visual Arts Lecture Series (VALS)—Fall 2017
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC | Santa Fe-based Cannupa Hanska Luger, is the artist behind the ‘mirror shield project’ for protectors of Standing Rock, ND, where he was born. Luger, who trained as a ceramist (BFA, Institute of American Indian Arts, 2011), creates socially conscious work telling the stories of Indigenous communities confronting “21st century imperatives, mediations and destructivity.” Luger’s diverse body of work ranges from fantastic and figural clay forms to works which mobilize 21st century structures of communication. Through an intimate and powerful understanding of the role the gallery, the web, or the frontline play as spaces of resistance, Luger uses his art as a catalyst “inviting the public to challenge expectations and misinterpretations imposed upon Indigenous peoples by historical and contemporary colonial social structures.” Luger’s work is in the permanent collections of The North America Native Museum Zürich,Switzerland; The Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO; The Museum of Contemporary Native Arts Santa Fe, NM; and The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art Norman, OK.