August 16, 2017
Cannupa Hanska Luger: We Have Agency
This blog post and video are a three-part series in which CVA interviewed Cannupa Hanska Luger as he installed his worked for the Water Line: A Creative Exchange exhibition. Check out the other videos: Winter Count and Nicholas Galanin and Merritt Johnson.
Artist Cannupa Hanska Luger was born in North Dakota on the Standing Rock Reservation and identifies as Manda, Hidatsa, Arikara, Lakora, Austrian, and Norwegian. A large portion of Cannupa’s work is multi-disiplinary, however We Have Agency is ceramic-centric.
The art Cannupa creates from their studio in Santa Fe, New Mexico is used as a catalyst to create a larger dialogue that challenges expectations and misinterpretations of indigenous populations imposed by historical and contemporary colonialism. Cannupa has exhibited his work nationally as well as lectured on the topics of cultural appropriation, environmentalism, and the damaging effects of extractive industries. During our time with Cannupa they spoke about their work We Have Agency and This is Not a Snake as well as the larger installation created by members of the Winter Count Collective.
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