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A still from a video showing a women's head and shoulders, leaning forward, as seen from behind with white cursive script overlaid that says Xąwįska you're fallen again. I pluck flowers from
Sky Hopinka

A member of the Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin and the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians, Sky Hopinka is an internationally recognized multimedia artist who explores themes of language, culture, and homeland as he reflects on colonialism and nature of Indigenous identity. Sky Hopinka features two experimental films from 2018. Fainting Spells is an imagined myth for the Xąwįska (or the Indian Pipe Plant) used by the Ho-Chunk to revive those who have fainted. This dream-like film is voiced through recollections of youth, learning, lore, and departure. When you're lost in the rain considers experiences of loss and longing overlaid with images of the landscape, and was created in response to the 1965 Bob Dylan song, ‘Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues.’

Both short films include the near extinct Indigenous language, chinuk wawa, which when combined with fleeting images of the land and memory create a poetic, visual language.

Sky Hopinka, Fainting Spells, 2018, film still

When you're lost in the rain was commissioned by Brianna Matzke for The Response Project, 2018. When you're lost in the rain and Fainting Spells are Courtesy of Video Data Bank, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Artist.

Image copyright of the Artist, courtesy of Video Data Bank, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

The 2022 Exhibition Year Presented By Mascoma Bank, Community First Since 1899, Certified B Corp, With a circular logo of repeating teardrop shapes





Sky Hopinka is sponsored in part by The Maslow Family Foundation and Leunig's Bistro & Café.  Hospitality sponsor, Lake Champlain Chocolates.

Burlington City Arts is supported in part by the New England Foundation for the Arts through the New England Arts Resilience Fund, part of the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund, an initiative of the U.S. Regional Arts Organizations and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with major funding from the federal CARES Act and the American Rescue Plan Act from the National Endowment for the Arts, and by The Vermont Arts Council & the National Endowment for the Arts.


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