Every Line is a Song Each Shape is a Story

Inspired by the Dakota Access Pipeline controversy, The Center's new temporary exhibit is a vital narrative in the conversation about basic human rights and indigenous communities’ access to clean water. The exhibit is a 3-D representation of the people of Standing Rock’s struggle. Created out of nails and string, it features three women who are the protectors of the land emerging out of the water. The nails represent nails in a coffin of the future and the yarn, the ties that bind us together as a people.

Cannupa Hanska's work halfway done

The exhibit will be displayed thru the beginning of January 2017.

Artist Statement:

"My intention is to dismantle the idea of umbrella terms such as Indian or Native American, which is so prevalent in popular culture to this day. The complexity of variation among the 500 plus cultures that exist under those terms is all too often reduced to pop icon imagery. All our heroes are ghosts and relegate our cultures to a historical past.

The mural project that I am going to create is a drawing using thin steel brads and string. Imagine a large scale connect the dots. Each dot will be a brad or pin secured to the wall and the line will be a fiber connecting each point. The materials are important as part of the concept. They span the wall symbolizing displacement and connection." – Cannupa Hanska Luger

About Cannupa Hanska

Cannupa Hanska Luger is an artist, a worker. His unique, ceramic-centric, but ultimately multidisciplinary work tells provocative stories of complex Indigenous identities coming up against 21st Century imperatives, mediation, and destructivity. Born in North Dakota on the Standing Rock Reservation, in a small town known as Fort Yates, Luger comes from Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara, Lakota, Austrian, and Norwegian descent. Luger creates socially conscious work that hybridizes his identity as an American Indian in tandem with global issues. His work has been noted as "a modern look at ideas of colonization, adaptability and survival as major components to the development of culture” by Western Art Collector Magazine and The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation wrote that "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." To learn more visit: www.cannupahanska.com, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.