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Power Couple: Cannupa Hanska Luger and Ginger Awapuhi Dunnill

12′ H x 12′ W beaded portrait using over 4,000 single 2″ clay beads
 Every One. Social collaboration, sculptural installation. Cannupa Hanska Luger 2018. 
Image: Lazy Stitch exhbition, May 3- July 21 2018 at ENT Gallery for Contemporary Art, Colorado Springs CO

IARC Speaker Series, Eric S. Dobkin Boardroom, School for Advanced Research, 660 Garcia Street, Santa Fe
Wednesday, April 10, 6:00-7:30pm, Admission is free.

Moderator: Alicia Inez Guzmán, PhD, senior editor, New Mexico Magazine
Panelists: Cannupa Hanska Luger, artist; Ginger Awapuhi Dunnill , artist

Cannupa Hanska Luger and Ginger Awapuhi Dunnill a remarkable pair. A multi-disciplinary artist whose work and installations have been shown internationally, Cannupa is the most recent recipient of the highly coveted Burke prize. Ginger runs the Broken Boxes Podcast and is an ‘unschooling’ mother. In this session, senior editor of New Mexico Magazine and friend Alicia Inez Guzmán, PhD moderates as Cannupa and Ginger talk about the power of two and what it means to be parents running a website for decolonized learning.

Ginger Dunnill works in audio composition, sound installation and performance based art. Dunnill collaborates with artists globally, creating and performing work that inspires human connection and speaks on social justice. Dunnill is the creator of Broken Boxes Podcast, a project which promotes visibility for Indigenous artists, activist focused artists, Queer artists, women identifying artists, artists of color and lost/stolen heritage artists. She is also a founding member of Winter Count, an evolving collective of artists cultivating awareness, respect and protection for land and water.

Ginger Dunnill. Portrait by Alicia Inez Guzmán

Cannupa Hanska Luger. Photo by Kyle Bell

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. 


Alicia Inez  Guzmán grew up in the northern New Mexico village of Truchas where she first began hearing stories around land. With a PhD in Visual and Cultural Studies from the University of Rochester, NY, she now writes about histories of land use, culture, and contemporary Chicanx and Indigenous art. She was a 2017 Creative Capital Foundation Arts Writers Grant recipient, has written for multiple regional, national, and international publications, and is currently senior editor of New Mexico Magazine. 

Alicia Inez  Guzmán

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