Hopinka will present a selection of his moving images works, including Jaaji Approx. (2015), a film that approximates a relationship between audio recordings of the artist’s father and videos of landscapes through which they have individually passed. Additionally, I’ll Remember You as You Were, not as What You’ll Become (2016) presents an elegy to the poet Diane Burns on the shapes of mortality, and being, and the forms the transcendent spirit takes while descending upon landscapes of life and death. Following the screening, Hopinka will discuss his practice with independent curator Suzy Halajian.
This program is co-presented by Disjecta Contemporary Art Center in conjunction with I’ve known rivers: I’ve known rivers ancient as the world and older than the flow of human blood in human veins, a two-person exhibition that presents a dialogue between the artistic practices of Carolina Caycedo and Sky Hopinka. The exhibition and related programs are curated by Disjecta’s 2018-19 Curator in Residence Suzy Halajian, which will open on December 1 and remain on view from December 2 – December 30, 2018. More information here.
Sky Hopinka (Ho-Chunk/Pechanga) was born and raised in Ferndale, Washington and spent a number of years in Palm Springs and Riverside, California, Portland, Oregon, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and is currently based out of Cambridge, Massachusetts. In Portland he studied and taught Chinuk Wawa, a language indigenous to the Lower Columbia River Basin. His video work centers around personal positions of Indigneous homeland and landscape, designs of language as containers of culture, and the play between the known and the unknowable. His work has played at various festivals including ImagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, Images, Wavelengths, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Sundance, Antimatter, FLEX Fest, and Projections. His work was part of the Whitney Biennial (2017) and the Wisconsin Triennial (2016). Hopinka was awarded jury prizes at the Onion City Film Festival, the More with Less Award at the 2016 Images Festival, the Tom Berman Award for Most Promising Filmmaker at the 54th Ann Arbor Film Festival, the New Cinema Award at the Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival, and the Mary L. Nohl Fund Fellowship for Individual Artists in the Emerging artist category for 2018. He received an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a BA from Portland State University. He is currently a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. www.skyhopinka.com