Surreal Post Modern Indian Blues

A Luiseño Indian, Luna's works critique the mythology of what it means to be "Indian" in contemporary American society. Often dealing with difficult issues affecting Indian communities, sometimes confronting the situation head on while at other times incorporating humor and light-heartedness as both balance and salve, his performances and installations are provocative. He employs a variety of media such as found objects, audio, video and slides to create environments that function as both aesthetic and political statements. Audiences are confronted with cultural identity, cultural isolation and cultural misinterpretation, all from a Native perspective.

Luna lives and works on the La Jolla Indian Reservation in San Diego County. As a Rez (resident), he draws from personal experience and probes emotions surrounding the way people are perceived within their cultures.


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