Painters & Sculptors Program 2019 Cannupa Hanska Luger

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Cannupa Hanska Luger

Glorieta, NM

Cannupa Hanska Luger is a New Mexico-based, multi-disciplinary artist of Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara, Lakota, Austrian, and Norwegian descent. Using social collaboration and in response to timely and site-specific issues, Luger produces multi-pronged projects that take many forms. Through monumental installations that incorporate ceramics, video, sound, fiber, steel, and repurposed materials, Luger interweaves performance and political action to communicate stories about 21st century Indigeneity. Transcending colonial structures, the work oftentimes presents a call to protect land from capitalist exploits. His work has been exhibited internationally in such places as Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art; the National Center for Civil and Human Rights; and Art Mûr Montréal. He lectures and participates in residencies and projects around the globe and his work is in many public collections. Luger holds a BFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts and was the 2018 Museum of Arts and Design Burke Prize recipient.

“As a Native contemporary artist of North America, I am motivated to participate in the contemporary art world in order to reclaim and reframe a more accurate version of 21st-century Indigenous culture and its powerful global relevance.”

  • The One Who Checks & The One Who Balances, 2018, ceramic, beadwork, surplus industrial felt, riot gear, afghan, 6.5 x 2.5 x 1.5 feet each

  • This Is Not A Snake, 2017, ceramic, fiber, steel, oil drums, razor wire, ammunition cans, trash, found objects, 6.5 x 3 x 50 feet

  • Savage Noble, 2017, ceramic, steel, fiber, 6 x 8 x 8 fee

  • Everything Anywhere, 2016, ceramic, steel, foliage, dimensions variable (approx. 12 x 30 x 7 feet) 

Artworks shown are selected from works submitted by the artist in their grant application. All works are copyright of the artist or artist’s estate.