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A curtain of clay beads forming a portrait of an Indigenous woman

Cannupa Hanska Luger: Every One & Kali Spitzer: Sister

Fri Aug 30, 2019 to Jan 15, 2020All Day

Lobby Display

The crisis surrounding murdered and missing Indigenous women, girls, trans, and queer community members continues, with thousands of documented cases in both Canada and the U.S.

The Gardiner presents the Canadian premiere of artist Cannupa Hanska Luger’s Every One, a monumental social sculpture commemorating victims of the crisis. Every One consists of over 4,000 individual ceramic beads, made in workshops and studios across Canada and the U.S. by people directly affected by the crisis. Together, the beads take on the image of a single woman. The image references and stands in solidarity with the photograph Sister by First Nations photographer Kali Spitzer, which will also be on view.

About the Artists

Cannupa Hanska Luger is a New Mexico-based, multi-disciplinary artist. Raised on the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota, he is of Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara, Lakota, Austrian, and Norwegian descent. Using social collaboration and in response to timely and site-specific issues, Luger produces multi-pronged projects that take many forms. Through monumental installations that incorporate ceramics, video, sound, fiber, steel, and cut-paper, Luger interweaves performance and political action to communicate stories about 21st century Indigeneity. This work provokes diverse publics to engage with Indigenous peoples and values apart from the lens of colonial social structuring and oftentimes presents a call to action to protect land from capitalist exploits.

Kali Spitzer is Kaska Dena from Daylu (Lower Post, British Columbia) on her father’s side and Jewish from Transylvania, Romania on her mother’s side. She is from the Yukon and grew up on the West coast of British Columbia in Canada. Having earned a Diploma in Professional Photography from the Western Academy of Photography, Kali is currently studying at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico and at the Santa Fe Community College. She works with film – 35mm, 120 and large format and has developed a new found love for the wet plate collodion process using an 8×10 camera. Her work includes portraits, figure studies, and photographs of her people, ceremonies, and culture. Her work has been exhibited and recognized internationally. At the age of 20, Kali moved back north to spend time with her Elders, and to learn how to hunt, fish, trap, tan moose and caribou hides, and bead. Kali documents these practices with a sense of urgency, highlighting their vital cultural significance. She focuses upon cultural revitalization through her art whether in the medium of photography, ceramics, tanning hides, or hunting. She views all of these practices as art and as part of an exploration of self.

Exhibition Supporters

Al Pace & Kristin Morch

David W. Binet

Image header: Cannupa Hanska Luger, Every One (detail), 2018, Over 4,000 ceramic clay beads created in collaboration with hundreds of communities across the U.S. and Canada. Lazy Stitch exhibition organized by Cannupa Hanska Luger at the Ent Center for Contemporary Art, UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art, Colorado Springs, CO, 2018. Image courtesy of UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art.