James Luna - Performagraphic - February 13 - May 6, 2016

Posted 15/12/17 in EVENTS

Join us February 13, 2016  at 2PM for the opening of Performagraphic, an exhibition featuring the phographic works of James Luna.

The collection spans a period of photographic works and accompanying objects created between 2010-2014, referencing his artistic career of over 30 years. The viewer finds the merging of his performance ideals into photographic stills that exist as much more than documentation but rather stand alone images addressing cultural identity, representation/history and the spiritual world. Approaching his work head on, with biting humor and irony, his powerful works transform the gallery space into a battlefield, where the audience is confronted with the nature of cultural identity, the tensions generated by cultural isolation, and the dangers of cultural misinterpretations from an Indigenous perspective. Performagraphic is more a lesson in expressive bodywork than that of standard photography presentation. James Luna has radically transformed our understanding of contemporary Indigenous art and its possibilities. Through irony, humour, and strong sense of narrative, his internationally recognized installation and performance art has challenged us to be more critically aware of the commonly held stereotypes of Aboriginal people. - Stephen Foster, Associate Professor, Creative Studies UBC Kelowna.

This exhibition will be on display at the Woodland Cultural Centre until May 6, 2016

More information about the artist:

JAMES LUNA: Luna is a Pooyukitchchum/Ipai native who presents his stories to share his political and social commentary through performance art. He uses monologues, visual examples, and antics to tell stories that delve deep into the strife and misconceptions of ethnicity in America. His powerful work transforms gallery spaces into battlefields, where the audience is confronted with the nature of cultural identity, the tensions generated by cultural isolation, and the dangers of cultural misinterpretations, all from an Indigenous perspective. Luna deals with the realities of race from an insider point of view. For 30 years, Luna has produced a variety of works of art that illustrate his artistic, social, and political commentary. He is a powerful force in performance art today and has received numerous grants and awards throughout his career. A resident on the La Jolla Indian Reservation in North County San Diego, in 2012 Luna was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities from the Institute of American Indian Arts, in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

click any image to enlarge.