In the Making: Cannupa Hanska Luger

May 20, 2022


In the Making

“You have a wake. It ripples in all directions. Not just immediately around you, but forwards and backwards in time.”

On Thursday, May 19, 2022, we talked with multimedia artist Cannupa Hanska Luger, joining us from his studio in New Mexico. The conversation was packed with his insights on living as an artist and craftsperson, how his Indigenous background affects his worldview and perception of time, what the pandemic has taught him, and how we all live in community with each other. 

Cannupa is a New Mexico-based multidisciplinary artist who uses social collaboration in response to timely and site-specific issues. Raised on the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota, he connects performance and political action to communicate stories about 21st century Indigeneity—through monumental installations that incorporate ceramics, video, sound, fiber, steel, new media, technology, and repurposed materials. This work provokes diverse audiences to engage with Indigenous peoples and values, and often presents a call to protect endangered lands. 

Recently on view at Peabody Essex Museum alongside Marie Watt, the exhibition Each/Other celebrated two leading Indigenous artists focused on collaborative artmaking, community engagement, materials, and the land.

“In the Making” is a public programs series where we connect with a range of new voices, fields, and perspectives. Learn more and view a full list of events on the series homepage.

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