James Luna’s Performographic

2017 summer intensive

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 July 7 – 21, 2017, Alternator (Members’ Gallery), Rotary Arts Centre, Kelowna

Performagraphic is James Luna’s first ever survey of photographic works. The collection spans a period of photographic works and accompanying objects created between 2010-­2014, referencing his artistic career of over 30 years.

PERFORMAGRAPHIC presents a powerful collection photographic and video works 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 standalone 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 is a visionary, a truth teller, a romantic, and a hanging judge.” –Paul Chaat Smith

“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, Professor, Creative Studies UBC Okanagan.


About James Luna:
James 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. He is a powerful force in performance art today and has received numerous grants and awards and his performances have toured Internationally. In 2005, he was selected as the first Sponsored Artist of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian presented at the 2005 Venice Biennale’s 51st International Art Exhibition in Venice, Italy. In 2012 James was awarded Honorary Doctorate of Humanities from the Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, NM.



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