Future Ancestral Technologies

Cannupa Hanska Luger is a multi-disciplinary artist of Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara, Lakota and European descent who uses social collaboration in response to timely and site-specific issues.

Artist Bio

Future Ancestral Technologies is an Indigenous-centered approach to making art objects, video, and performance with the intent to influence global consciousness using creative storytelling to radically reimagine the future. Moving science-fiction theory into practice, this methodology conjures innovative life-based solutions that promote a thriving Indigeneity.

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2021 Artist Retreat Presentation

Artist Cannupa Hanska Luger wears a black shirt and beaded necklace, with hands in his grey jeans pockets, he is standing in front of his monumental clay bead artwork titled Every One. Photo: Brendan George Ko.

Cannupa Hanska Luger

Glorieta, NM

Cannupa Hanska Luger 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 is of Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara, Lakota and European descent. Luger produces multipronged projects that take many forms—through monumental installations that incorporate ceramics, video, sound, fiber, steel, and repurposed materials, Luger interweaves performance and political action to communicate stories about 21st Century Indigeneity. This work provokes diverse audiences to engage with Indigenous peoples and values apart from the lens of colonial social structuring, and often presents a call to action to protect land from capitalist exploits. He combines critical cultural analysis with dedication and respect for the diverse materials, environments, and communities he engages. His work has been exhibited internationally in such places as the Gardiner Museum, Washington Project for the Arts, Art Mûr, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, among others. He lectures, participates in residencies and large-scale projects around the globe and his work is in many public collections. Luger holds a BFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts, was a 2019 Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grants Recipient and the recipient of the Museum of Arts and Design’s 2018 inaugural Burke Prize.

Photo: Brendan George Ko.