Tate Modern Film

Sky Hopinka: małni

Sky Hopinka małni – towards the ocean, towards the shore 2020, film still. Courtesy the artist

Catch a sneak preview of the artist’s debut feature film

Artist Sky Hopinka joins us to present a special sneak preview of his soon-to-be-completed feature film małni – towards the ocean, towards the shore. 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.

The film is shaped by its poetic approach to framing, language and composition that Hopinka has developed through his acclaimed body of short films. Criss-crossing personal paths and bodies of water, it extends his look at positions on homeland, landscape, language and myth in a contemporary Indigenous world.

The film will be screened alongside Visions of an Island, which weaves together different glimpses of the landscape and community living in Aleutian and Pribilof Islands in the Bering Sea: an Unangax̂ elder describes cliffs and summits, drifting birds and deserted shores; a group of students and teachers invent games that revitalise use of the Unangam Tunuu language; a visitor offers a quixotic chronicling of earthly and celestial terrain.

Programme

Visions of an Island [US] 2016, DCP, colour, sound, 15 min, English and Unangam Tunuu with English subtitles

małni – towards the ocean, towards the shore [US] 2020, DCP, colour, sound, approx. 82 min, English and Chinuk Wawa with English subtitles

Discussion with the artist and Tate Film curators

Biography

Sky Hopinka (b.1984, United States) is a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation and descendent of the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians. Working as a filmmaker, teacher, curator and artist, his practice explores the place of myth in a contemporary Indigenous world.

Whalebone and wooden posts are seen in a grassy field near the shore

Sky Hopinka Visions of an Island 2016, film still. Courtesy the artist

Tate Modern

Starr Cinema

Bankside
London SE1 9TG
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Date & Time

8 January 2020 at 18.30–20.50