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Cannupa Hanska Luger


Future Ancestral Technologies (series 2019–2021)

Single channel video

We Live, 2019

2:57 min.

New Myth, 2021

5:59 min.

Shadow Holding Shape to Experience the Energy of the Sun (Muscle, Bone & Sinew), 2021

5:00 min.

Future Ancestral Technologies is a series of video works depicting Indigenous science fiction — a methodology, practice, and way of future dreaming rooted in the continuum. With these three pieces, Hanska Luger positions the act of making as a portal to create future potential. The process of Future Ancestral Technologies imagines, enacts, and prototypes experiences that engage Indigenous cultures to thrive into the future. Looking to traditions in order to move us forward, this work advances Indigenous practices and sustainable modes of thinking by utilizing speculative fiction, creative storytelling, and materials sourced from the detritus of capitalism to present time-bending landscapes of myth. This series of video works invites us to consider how we choose to dream of our collective future while challenging us to imagine a vibrant post-capitalist, post-colonial experience where humans restore their bonds with the Earth and each other. In this series, the past and the future are in active dialogue, demonstrating the interconnected relationships between human beings and the land.


Cannupa Hanska Luger is a multidisciplinary artist creating monumental installations, sculpture and performance to communicate urgent stories about 21st Century Indigeneity. Born on the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota, Luger is an enrolled member of the Three Affiliated Tribes of Fort Berthold.

Luger’s work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally and Luger has been awarded fellowships from Guggenheim, United States Artists, Creative Capital, Smithsonian and Joan Mitchell Foundation.

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