Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, Queer and Trans People BEAD PROJECT:
++ Please note: Clay bead submission for this project is now closed ++

The MMIWQT Bead Project launched with an instructional video created by artist Cannupa Hanska Luger in January 2018 as a call for International community collaboration and awareness. 2” beads made from clay were requested from communities across the United States and Canada to complete a monumental beaded portrait titled Every One by Cannupa Hanska Luger, based on the photograph Sister taken by First Nations photographer Kali Spitzer. Every One will exhibit May 3- July 21 2018 at ENT Gallery for Contemporary Art, Colorado Springs CO and travel to institutions across the country following its premiere.

This social collaboration with community acknowledges our Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, Queer and Trans people. In Canada alone, the number of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women was at 4,000 in 2016 as noted in research gathered by the Native Women's Association of Canada. We are aware that the narrative of MMIWQT expands beyond a specific region, and by starting here, with acknowledging this number and this place for this specific portrait and creating collectively, we can move forward and continue to address MMIWQT in all of our respective homelands. This community engagement is meant to activate our processing of Missing and Murdered Indigenous People through the action of doing and feeling in a collective effort to say ‘this is enough’.

Each one of these beads represents an individual from our Indigenous communities that we have lost.

Thank you to all contributing communities and institutions to date including but not limited to:

  • Idyllwild Arts, CA
  • Moving Poets, NC
  • Santa Fe Clay, NM
  • ArtChangeUS, USA
  • Good Dirt Clay, CA
  • Plains Art Museum, ND
  • Tewa Women United, NM
  • Kansas City Art Institute, MO
  • Philbrook Museum of Art, OK
  • Fayette Street Academy, NM
  • Virginia Diversity Network, VA
  • Michael C. Carlos Museum, GA
  • American Indian College Fund, USA
  • Institute of American Indian Arts, NM
  • Park Avenue Armory Conservancy, NY
  • University of California Riverside, CA
  • Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, NM
  • Santa Fe University of Art and Design, NM
  • Anita Fields with the Tulsa Artist Fellowship, OK
  • Young New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, NY
  • Shambhala School, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • A'Gin Healthy Sexuality & Body Sovereignty Project, NM

Press:


  Sister  Archival pigment print of scanned tintype, Kali Spitzer. 2016    

Sister Archival pigment print of scanned tintype, Kali Spitzer. 2016 

 

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 Forthcoming 12' H x 12' W beaded portrait using over 4,000 single 2" clay beads   Every One . Social collaboration, sculptural installation. Cannupa Hanska Luger 2018.  Image: Process photo of Cannupa Hanska Luger dying and stringing bead strands at the Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, NM  April 16, 2018

Forthcoming 12' H x 12' W beaded portrait using over 4,000 single 2" clay beads
 Every One. Social collaboration, sculptural installation. Cannupa Hanska Luger 2018. 
Image: Process photo of Cannupa Hanska Luger dying and stringing bead strands at the Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, NM  April 16, 2018



MMIWQT Video Production: Razelle Benally
MMIWQT Audio Production: Ginger Dunnill
MMIWQT Artist: Cannupa Hanska Luger
MMIWQT Photographer Collaboration: Kali Spitzer