Cannupa Hanska Luger

Grantee:  Cannupa Hanska Luger
Native Ancestry:  Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara, Lakota
Location: Glorieta, N.M.
Award:  2016 National Artist Fellowship
Discipline:  Visual Arts
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Cannupa Hanska Luger graduated from IAIA in 2011, with his BFA and found his artistic voice rather quickly. He currently exhibits at Blue Rain Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and since his graduation has had countless solo and group exhibitions throughout the southwest region. Luger could well rise to be one of those artists whose caliber is unmatched and whose work will be studied by students to come, thus furthering the path for many more contemporary Native artists.

Luger is a contemporary multimedia sculptural artist who constantly experiments with mediums to develop cutting-edge aesthetics and explore ways to deconstruct world perceptions about Native identity. His works show in galleries and museum exhibitions worldwide. He uses his artwork as a catalyst to challenge (and hopefully change) colonial social structures, expectations, interpretations and perceptions of Native art. Ultimately, Luger hopes his multidisciplinary work conveys provocative stories of the complexity and diversity of Indigenous identities through his socially conscious sculptural artwork.

With his fellowship, Cannupa plans to create an installation consisting of a nearly six foot sculptural ceramic head resting on its side. He plans this work to be an interpretation of landscape and will draw upon the intercultural manifestation of nature through matriarchal forms. He is lining up venues for its showing.

What I create is an attempt to be as honest as possible.
~ Cannupa Hanska Luger