Sky Hopinka

Sky Hopinka, artist, diversity

Video Artist

Artist Sky Hopinka (Ho-Chunk/Pechanga) was born and raised in Ferndale, Washington. 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.

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Sky Hopinka, artist, American Indian, culture, language, DLD, video

Containers of Culture

Sky Hopinka is a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation and descendant of the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians. A big part of Hopinka’s artistic practice grapples with the accelerated disappearance with language and attempting to resist it. For him, language is a container of culture. “There are so many different ways of looking at the…
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