Sky Hopinka (1984) is an experimental filmmaker, photographer and poet. He is a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation, a Native American Tribe from Wisconsin. The transmission of accounts, traditions and struggles of indigenous American peoples is at the heart of his work. Interweaving personal testimony, narratives on ancestral lands and archival material, he composes lyrical pieces in which a spiritual determination blurs the boundary between the individual and the collective. Landscapes, textures, music and writing all make up the different layers of a practice the artist refers to as ethnopoetic and neomythological.
Our Ailing Senses, his exhibition at the Kunsthalle Friart, presents poems, photos and a broad selection of films produced between 2014 and 2023, in which the encounter between language and images of the earth open onto a space of restorative beauty.