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Artists' Conversation: on Water Scarcity

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New Myth We Survive You Luger
Cannupa Hanska Luger, Future Ancestral Technologies: New Myth, 2021, Courtesy of Garth Greenan Gallery and the artist. Photo: Gabe Fermin.

Join exhibiting artist Cannupa Hanska Luger in conversation with artists Christine Howard Sandoval and Shayok Mukhopadhyay, who have each made compelling projects that address the issue of water scarcity. In this virtual talk on Zoom, the three artists present their projects and discuss how their work addresses this global issue from unique perspectives.

Luger’s current multimedia series Future Ancestral Technologies (2019–2022) aims to harness science fiction’s power to serve as a vehicle to imagine the future on a global scale. The project’s narrative expands on the ways that Indigenous people have developed sustainable, migration-based technology to live nomadically in deep attunement to land and water. Howard Sandoval’s long-term body of work, CHANNEL (2017–2020), encompasses videos, installations and adobe mud drawings. The work explores ancient water democracies called Acequias in New Mexico, where communities share water resources during times of scarcity. Mukhopadhyay's project Waiting for Water, recently exhibited at Smack Mellon in Brooklyn, comprising various makeshift water-carrying vessels, examines the disparate material conditions of those who might be unprepared to handle water shortages anticipated by the impending climate crisis. While his project responds to the real threat of water shortages in places like Chennai, India, it is also a speculative work in which the artist brings the crisis close to home, asking, “how would waiting for water feel in New York City?”

The conversation among the three artists is moderated by Gabriel de Guzman, Director of Arts and Chief Curator.

This program is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Water Scarcity: Perpetual Thirst, featuring projects by artists Tahir Carl Karmali, Cannupa Hanska Luger and Lucy + Jorge Orta that raise awareness about the issue of accessing clean-water resources.

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  • Cannupa Hanska Luger

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    Cannupa Hanska Luger

    Born on the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota, Cannupa Hanska Luger is an enrolled member of the Three Affiliated Tribes of Fort Berthold and is of Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara, Lakota and European descent. He has been the subject of more than 21 solo exhibitions and has participated in over 110 group exhibitions at venues such as Art Mûr, Montreal; Princeton University Art Museum; Washington Project for the Arts; Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR; Gardiner Museum, Toronto; Orenda Gallery, Paris; Autry Museum, Los Angeles; and Museum of Arts and Design, New York, among others. His works are featured in the public collections of the North American Native Museum, Zürich, Switzerland; Denver Art Museum; Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Santa Fe; Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, Norman, OK; Luciano Benetton Collection: Imago Mundi, Treviso, Italy, Yale University Art Gallery and other museums. He earned a BFA in from the Institute of American Indian Arts. He is a recent recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.

  • Christine Howard Sandoval

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    Christine Howard Sandoval

    Christine Howard Sandoval is an interdisciplinary artist of Chalon Ohlone, Mexican and Spanish ancestry. Her work challenges the boundaries of representation, access and habitation through the use of performance, video and sculpture. Howard Sandoval has exhibited nationally and internationally at the ICA San Diego; the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; Disjecta, Portland, OR; The Museum of Capitalism, Oakland, CA; Designtransfer, Universität der Künste Berlin; El Museo del Barrio, New York; and Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens. Her first solo museum exhibition debuted at The Colorado Springs Fine Art Center in 2019, during which time she was the Mellon Artist in Residence at Colorado College. Howard Sandoval has participated in residencies at the Santa Fe Art Institute, Triangle Arts, and The Vermont Studio Center. She earned a BFA from Pratt Institute and an MFA from Parsons The New School for Design.

  • Shayok Mukhopadhyay

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    Shayok Mukhopadhyay

    Shayok Mukhopadhyay grew up in Kolkata, India, and graduated from the Documentary Photography and Photojournalism program at the International Center of Photography in New York in 2012. His first solo show of photographs, Québec, took place at Katharine Mulherin Projects in Toronto in 2013. His installation, Back Home, was part of the 2017 Bronx Museum’s AIM Biennial exhibition. In 2019, he completed a six-month residency at Atelier Mondial, Basel; premiered his feature-length documentary, Gautam & Buddha at the Transilvania International Film Festival; and had a solo show at DOCK, Basel, titled Calcutta Corner. Mukopadhyay is a NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow.

  • Gabriel de Guzman

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    Gabriel de Guzman

    Gabriel de Guzman is Director of Arts & Chief Curator at Wave Hill, where he oversees the visual and performing arts program. From 2017 to 2021, he was Curator & Director of Exhibitions at Smack Mellon, where he organized group and solo exhibitions of emerging and under-recognized mid-career artists whose work explores critical, socially relevant issues. Before joining Smack Mellon, de Guzman held a previous position at Wave Hill, as Curator of Visual Arts, organizing solo projects and thematic group exhibitions that explored human connections to the natural world. As a guest curator, he has also presented shows at Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Programs, BronxArtSpace, Dyckman Farmhouse Museum, Rush Arts Gallery, En Foco at Andrew Freedman Home, Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance, and the Bronx Museum's 2013 AIM Biennial. He earned an MA in art history from Hunter College and a BA in art history from the University of Virginia.

    Photo: Joshua Bright

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