SILVER SERIES is Kunstnernes Hus' screening series where we present international artists working with film and video in our cinema.
We're delighted to feature filmmaker and poet Sky Hopinka as the sixth SILVER SERIES-artist. Welcome to the opening on Thursday, March 10 at 6 pm with a digital introduction by film researcher Almudena Escobar López.
Watching his films is like experiencing memories inside of a dream, their fragments recomposed without any particular order by the unconscious. This does not make the result less truthful; quite the opposite, it is more real than ever.
Sky Hopinka's films are complex, sensory and dreamlike investigations of how it feels to stand between cultures, and of how identity is shaped by aspects such as homeland, landscape and language.
Hopinka has described his work as ethnopoetic visions, as a response to the objectifying ethnographic gaze that has been imposed on indigenous peoples for centuries. Rather than films that objectify and control their subject, Hopinka makes films about indigenous peoples' culture and identity from an inquisitive and unassuming point of view.
The following short films are shown in a loop:
Kicking the Clouds (2021, 15 min)
Fainting Spells (2018, 11 min)
Dislocation Blues (2017, 17 min)
wawa (2014, 6 min)
Jáaji Approx (2015, 7 min)
Visions of an Island (2016, 15 min)
I’ll Remember You as You Were, Not as What You’ll Become (2016, 12 min)
Total duration: 83 min
The program is curated by Silja Espolin Johnson and Abirami Logendran.
Excerpt: Kicking the Clouds, 2021
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About the artist
Sky Hopinka (b. 1984) is a poet, filmmaker and artist and a Ho-Chunk Nation national and descendent of the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians. In Portland, Oregon he studied and taught chinuk wawa, a language indigenous to the Lower Columbia River Basin. He received his BA from the Portland State University in Liberal Arts and his MFA in Film, Video, Animation, and New Genres from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In recent years, Hopinka has shown his films at a number of renowned festivals and exhibitions around the world, such as the Whitney Biennial, imagineNATIVE Media + Arts Festival, New York Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival and Copenhagen DOX.
Hopinka was a guest curator at the 2019 Whitney Biennial and was a part of Cosmopolis #2 at the Centre Pompidou. He was a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University (2018-2019), Sundance Art of Nonfiction Fellow (2019) and a 2020 Guggenheim Fellow. Together with Almudena Escobar López, he is the co-curator of the renowned Flaherty Film Seminar in 2022.