Common Practices

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by Stillpoint Magazine
Monthly Exclusives

In March (2021) we welcomed Issue 006: SEIZE contributors Cannupa Hanska Luger and Carlos Pardón to the Stillpoint Magazine Zoom to converse about: creating transformative encounters; Indigenous presentness; building common, public, shared knowledge outside of institutions; practicing art as community engineering, and community psychoanalysis as liberation praxis; and more . . . Below is a recording of the conversation, along with more information on Cannupa, Carlos, and their respective practices.

Cannupa and Carlos’ works were curated alongside each other in Issue 006: SEIZE. Follow the link below to read Carlos’ essay Totemizing the Taboo, or Seizing the Fortress of Whiteness in full, and to watch Cannupa’s video of his installation (Be)Longing:

The Covid-19 pandemic magnified and exacerbated numerous pre-existing obscenities that inhere in our society and that many of us disavow: the systemic inequalities within American society that are organized through the structure of whiteness and the legacies of colonialism. With Covid, some white people have been exposed to the helplessness, the vulnerability, death, illness, anxiety, trauma, uncertainty, and physical and mental un-safety that communities of color have routinely undergone for years. . .” Read in full >>


Cannupa Hanska Luger is a multi-disciplinary artist of Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara, Lakota descent. Using social collaboration and in response to timely and site-specific issues, Luger produces multi-pronged projects provoking diverse publics to engage with Indigenous peoples and values apart from the lens of colonial social structuring. He exhibits, lectures and participates in projects globally.


Carlos Padrón is a psychoanalyst with a background in philosophy working in NYC. He is currently a faculty member at the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research and at the Silberman School of Social Work (MSW). Carlos participated in the documentary Psychoanalysis in El Barrio, a film on working psychoanalytically with underprivileged Latinx patients in the US. He published essays in the volume Psychoanalysis in the Barrios (Routledge, 2019) and in a special edition of Division Review (2020) dedicated to Covid-19 and racism. Carlos has worked psychoanalytically in different settings, and is currently a clinical associate of the New School Psychotherapy Program.

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