Artist Profile: Cannupa Hanska Luger

Multi-media artist CANNUPA HANSKA LUGER is showing this summer in RACE AND REVOLUTION, a public art show that explores the roots of racism in the United States.This week learn about his story and how and why he wanted to contribute to this show.


Born in North Dakota on the Standing Rock Reservation, in a small town known as Fort Yates, Cannupa Hanska Luger comes from Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara, Lakota, Austrian, and Norwegian descent. Luger’s unique, ceramic­-centric, but ultimately multidisciplinary work tells provocative stories of complex Indigenous identities coming up against 21st Century imperatives, mediation, and destructivity. Luger creates socially conscious work that hybridizes his identity as an American Indian in tandem with global issues. His work has been called “An expertly executed consideration of Native identit(y)” by THE Magazine and Western Art Collector Magazine wrote that Luger “gives a modern look at ideas of colonization, adaptability and survival as major components to the development of culture.”

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