Cannupa Hanska Luger spoke at University of Oregon in the Law Building on November 14th, 2018. While that lecture had not been recorded I've included another lecture and some other media below the notes from his talk. I was completely blown away and so incredibly inspired by Cannupa’s compassion and sensitivity. I felt this so much when he started describing his bead project which led to everyone in the room himself included tearing up. Check out his site here.
“Artists are lucky because we can be honest and it doesnt effect our job”
“The story of rugged individualism is a sad lie”
“Privilege is not a tool, it is a weapon”
“I try to be honest not because it is true but because it is flexible”
“How can my struggle inform your struggle & how can my privilege inform your privilege?”
“Unity in diversity”
“Art is a verb - not a noun. Its in the making” — how can I see the process as art? Specifically in relation to work w/ Lo // documentation of process
“What did white people give up to be white? White people gave up their relationship to place.”
“Call people in, not out”
Finally picked this book up after years of wanting it and not grabbing it. I found it on my first trip to Ampersand book store in Portland. It’s really a treasure. Images from Josef Chladek Scoop the book from Mack.
"Most prisons and jails across the United States do not allow prisoners to have access to cameras. At a moment when 2.2 million people are incarcerated in the US, 3.8 million people are on probation, and 870,000 former prisoners are on parole, how can images tell the story of mass incarceration when the imprisoned don’t have control over their own representation? How can photographs visualize a reality that disproportionately affects people of color, and, for many, remains outside of view?"
Having grown up in a prison city (one depicted in the magazine) and having a strong relationships to both prisoners and guards alike.. this was a really interesting show and catalog. I think the show was really well thought out and the accompanying essays are incredible. I have really enjoyed the weekly lecture / discussion series that accompanies the exhibition. This is well played considering the density of such a matter. Check out the show or order the catalog, it is well worth it.
Recently stumbled upon Chelsea Mosher's work. While I haven't spent nearly enough time with it to have anything eloquent to say about it, I really enjoy it so far. Check out their work here.
From the series "VI" ^
From the series "The Place Disappears the Place Remains the Same" v
Lily's work has always inspired me. While I wish our collaboration on Stillwater was a bit better on my end especially in regards to presentation, I feel really lucky to have been able to work with her.
Her latest work, in the form of a book is one of her best works yet. It is so nice to see her work in this presentation as her work lends itself quite well to the medium. Do yourself a favor and check out her work.