706 Camino Lejo
On Museum Hill, Santa Fe, NM 87505
Every One, a work of art and activism about the more than 4,000 cases of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls in Canada. Created in collaboration with photographer Kali Spitzer and numerous contributing individuals and organizations whose handmade beads rehumanize the statistics of gender violence.
Luger (Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara, Lakota, Austrian, and Norwegian) is one of 16 artists participating in Project Indigene, a collaboration of eight prominent Santa Fe institutions, designed to examine perspectives and create awareness of some of the issues facing indigenous art today.
Luger’s Every One is the result of a social collaboration conceived and created by the artist, who invited communities from across the U.S. and Canada to create two-inch-diameter clay beads. Each of the resulting 4,000 handmade clay beads represents an indigenous individual who has been the victim of gender violence. Strung together, they form a portrait based on a photograph by First Nations photographer Kali Spitzer. “This social collaboration rehumanizes data through the process of creating handmade objects,” says Luger.
Some of the 4,000 beads were made by members of the Santa Fe community at an event held by the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture. The installation compliments two current exhibitions at MOIFA, Beadwork Adorns the World, and Crafting Memory: The Art of Community in Peru, which includes indigenous artists using
unconventional media to bring attention to issues of cultural identity and social justice. Both institutions are Project Indigene partners.
The monumental installation, Every One, by Cannupa Hanska Luger, will be exhibited at the Museum of International Folk Art through September 21.