Film - Series | October 30 | 7 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
The searching, striking digital films of Sky Hopinka are complex formal arrangements, conceptually and aesthetically dense, characterized by an intricate layering of word and image. But they are also wellsprings of beauty and mystery, filled with surprising confluences of speech and song, color and motion. A member of the Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin, Hopinka has described his work as ethnopoetic, a term that encompasses several imperativesamong them, the mission to reclaim the ethnographic gaze that has dominated the representation of indigenous cultures and to bring the indirection of poetry to an exploration of Native identity both past and present (Dennis Lim, Artforum). Tonights selection includes recordings and texts of his grandmother and father, as well as the late poet Diane Burns and anthropologist Paul Radin, and reflections on Standing Rock.
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