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James Luna, Collage: thoughts, dreams and hallucinations

James Luna, performance: Collage: thoughts, dreams and hallucinations. Oct. 1997       

James Luna is a conceptual and performance artist, who forces viewers to reexamine Indian lives through the eyes of the Indian.  Luna, an expert at parodies throws Indian stereotypes back in the viewers faces and uses himself as a two way mirror, to view himself as well as show ourselves as we are.  He uses humor and irony (much like story tellers of previous generations) to relate stories without romance or cliche.

He presents subjects that others may find difficult:  drinking alcohol and living the stereotype.  He believes that art simple, direct and without compromise.  He also sees himself as performing a traditional function through his art.  It becomes a form of ritual in itself, one of movement, dance, song and story.  His art continues the tradition of creative thought that has existed in Indian society for centuries.

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