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Sky Hopinka

Artist 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. He 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. His short film Dislocation Blues (2017), shot in Standing Rock, will screen April 21, 2018 at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival as part of the Walker Art Center's Imagination Is Power series. Hopinka's works Jáaji Approx, I'll Remember You as You Were, Not as What You'll Become, and Visions of an Island are part of the Walker's Ruben/Bentson Moving Image Collection.