Masterclass with Sky Hopinka

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18 September 2018

Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) Studio Space
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Sky Hopinka, Dislocation Blues, 2017. Courtesy of the artist.

Join artist Sky Hopinka for a SUPERLUX Masterclass in Glasgow that will introduce his practice and recent work.

Hopinka is an Indigenous American artist and activist whose poetic and visually complex moving image works explore personal positions of homeland and landscape, the precarity of indigenous languages, and the notion of language as a container of culture.

He presents new work at this year’s Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival. His film Dislocation Blues (2017) was the winner of the New Cinema competition at BFMAF 2017.

About the artist

Sky Hopinka

Sky Hopinka (Ho-Chunk/Pechanga) was born and raised in Ferndale, Washington and spent a number of years in Palm Springs and Riverside, California, and Portland, Oregon and is currently based out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 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 Indigenous homeland and landscape, designs of language as containers of culture, and the play between the known and the unknowable. He received his BA from Portland State University in Liberal Arts and his MFA in Film, Video, Animation, and New Genres from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

His work has played at various festivals including ImagineNATIVE Media + Arts Festival, Images, Wavelengths, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Sundance, Antimatter, Chicago Underground Film Festival, FLEXfest, and Projections. His work was a part of the 2016 Wisconsin Triennial and the 2017 Whitney Biennial. He 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.

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