Edited by Julie Niemi
Hardcover, 64 pages, 5.5 x 9 inches, 14 color plates
Designed by Chris Lee
Printed in Lithuania
Co-published with CCS Bard
Edition of 500
About the publication
Perfidia assumes a captivating rhetorical style that I most often associate with ancient oral texts. A literal chamber is being sounded out in order to surround and protect the reader. Hopinka's blotted and beautifully fogged over images only enhance this sense of interconnection. As in the best serial poems we are witness to a poet locked in the grip of dictation. Books are referred to as objects all too often but in this case it's the glaring, vibrant, interlocking truth.
Sky Hopinka’s Perfidia is a recording of the brief encounters, the brief moments, the brief emotions we walk/breathe/live past without noticing. “Me and you and I and we wandering in wounded realms” Hopinka writes, and with each written word, what is separate, become one.
About the author
Sky Hopinka (Ho-Chunk Nation/Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians) was born and raised in Ferndale, Washington and spent a number of years in Palm Springs and Riverside, California; Portland, Oregon; and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In Portland he studied and taught chinuk wawa, a language indigenous to the Lower Columbia River Basin. His video, photo, and text work centers around personal positions of Indigenous homeland and landscape, designs of language as containers of culture expressed through personal, documentary, and nonfiction forms of media. He received his BA from Portland State University in Liberal Arts and his MFA in Film, Video, Animation, and New Genres from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
His work has played at various festivals including ImagineNATIVE Media + Arts Festival, Images, Wavelengths, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Sundance, and Projections. His work was a part of the 2016 Wisconsin Triennial and the 2017 Whitney Biennial and the 2018 FRONT Triennial. He was a guest curator at the 2019 Whitney Biennial and was a part of Cosmopolis #2 at the Centre Pompidou. He was awarded jury prizes at the Onion City Film Festival, the More with Less Award at the 2016 Images Festival, the Tom Berman Award for Most Promising Filmmaker at the 54th Ann Arbor Film Festival, the New Cinema Award at the Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival and the Mary L. Nohl Fund Fellowship for Individual Artists in the Emerging Artist category for 2018. He was a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University in 2018- 2019, a Sundance Art of Nonfiction Fellow for 2019, and is a 2020 Guggenheim Fellow. Hopinka is currently an assistant professor of Film and Electronic Arts at Bard College.
Dessane Lopez Cassell, "Poetry That Pulls at the Seams of Colonial Power and Memory," Hyperallergic, October 16, 2020.
Harriet Staff, "Preview Sky Hopinka's Perfidia at Hyperallergic," The Poetry Foundation, October 20, 2020.
Andrea K. Scott, "Goings on About Town: Sky Hopinka," The New Yorker, October 23, 2020.