Power Talks

Cannupa Hanska Luger: Social Engineer, The Artist as Bridge Builder

In a world polarized politically, economically, racially, and sexually we are forced to question our trust. However our trust is the mortar that binds our intelligence. We need one another now more than ever. But, how do we see eye to eye with human groups we don't trust? Enter the artist. If we can subvert the idea art is an object, a noun, then we can reinstate the truth that art is a verb, an action. In developing processes that include society as a medium, the act of making builds communities, connecting people that may not engage with one another to create work together. Thus the role of artist is bridge builder. Cannupa Hanska Luger is a multi-disciplinary artist, working to respond to timely and site-specific issues through social collaboration. Raised on the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota, Luger is now based in New Mexico.