Sky Hopinka's busy season

The SCA's Sky Hopinka is a very busy artist, and deservedly so. Here's a rundown of his schedule – so far! – this season.  

Curated by Assistant Curator Clara Halpern at the Art Gallery of York University, Sky Hopinka: Around the Edge of Encircling Lake is an exhibition of Hopinka's "recent films and related artworks" that also includes What Was Always Yours and Never Lost, a screening program Hopinka curated that features work by Caroline Monnet; Colectivo Los Ingrávidos; Thirza Cuthand; Adam Khalil, Zack Khalil, and Jackson Polys; and James Luna. The exhibition takes it's name from a 2018 "collection of writings, essays, and calligrams" by Hopinka, produced by The Green Gallery (find out more about the publication HERE). Sky Hopinka: Around the Edge of Encircling Lake opens January 15 and runs to March 15, 2020. Find out more about the exhibition HERE.  

Hopinka will also be in London, England, on January 8, 2020, to present a "sneak preview" of his "soon-to-be-completed feature film" małni – towards the ocean, towards the shore at the Tate Modern's Starr Cinema, in a program that also includes his 2016 film Visions of an Island. The Tate describes małni – towards the ocean, towards the shore like this: "This lyrical film guides viewers along parallel journeys with two protagonists, Sweetwater Sahme and Jordan Mercier, as they share thoughts on their own personal rituals and relationship with traditions, the spirit world and circularity." Find out more about the screening HERE. Once completed, małni – towards the ocean, towards the shore will have its World Premiere as part of the 2020 Sundance Film Festival's New Frontier lineup. Check out the full lineup HERE.

Hopinka is also interviewed by Eli Hirtle, a multidisciplinary artist and Aboriginal Curator for Victoria's Open Space, in the Winter 2020 issue of Canadain Art magazine, which is print now (and hopefully soon online, too). 

All that while still also teaching, Hopinka is leading a course this semester that will organize and produce this second iteration of the Skoden Indigenous Film Festival, which was was created by SCA film students Carr Sappier (Wolastoqiyik) and Grace Mathisen "to showcase Indigenous filmmakers and to Indigenize the SFU community." Find out more about the course HERE.

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