CreateNow team members Chloe Shelford and Anna Saldinger spoke with multi-disciplinary artist Cannupa Hanksa Luger last fall, when he was at Bennington College as part of the Visual Arts Lecture Series. Cannupa was born in North Dakota on the Standing Rock Reservation and his work engages deeply with environmental issues and complex Indigenous identities coming up against 21st century challenges.
Cannupa is a storyteller and he uses many media including ceramics, steel, fiber, sound, and video, along with other less traditional recycled materials for his work.
During the Standing Rock Protests, Cannupa launched The Mirror Shield Project, which invited members of the public to create lightweight mirror shields for water protectors, to great success.
Cannupa Hanska Luger works from New Mexico and has work 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.