Join STEREO☜ ☞EDITIONS for the launch of The Island Weights, a new collection of poems by visual artist and filmmaker Sky Hopinka

Dublin Art Book Fair 2023 hosts a presentation and book launch of Sky Hopinka’s new collection of poems The Island Weights published by Stereo Editions as a letterpress limited edition. Relating to the four water spirits holding the earth in place, one of many stories in Ho-Chunk cosmology, The Island Weights (Wijirawaséwe) explores language to conjure these beings, seeking direction while wandering through homeland boundaries and bodies of water.

The presentation will be followed by a conversation with Sky, focusing on the relevance of text and language in his work, which includes still and moving image, and sound.

In collaboration with aemi and the Irish Film Institute, TBG+S will present a screening of maɬni – towards the ocean, towards the shore (2020) by Sky Hopinka at the Irish Film Institute Tuesday, 12 December at 8.30 p.m.

Sky Hopinka (Ho-Chunk Nation/Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians) creates video, photo, and text work centered around personal positions of Indigenous homeland and landscape, designs of language as containers of culture expressed through personal, documentary, and non fiction forms of media. His work has been presented at international film festivals, art biennales, and exhibitions. He received the 2020 Alpert Award for Film/Video and the 2022 Infinity Award in Art from the International Center of Photography. He was a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, Sundance Art of Nonfiction, Guggenheim, Art Matters, and at Forge Project, and was a 2022 MacArther Fellow.

STEREO EDITIONS is a publishing collective bringing together artists, writers, and filmmakers from diverse geographical and intellectual spheres for the production and distribution of limited editions, book-objects, films, and sounds. Operating in France, Ireland, and Portugal, the collective was founded in Marseilles in 2016 by Helena Gouveia Monteiro and Juliette Liautaud. We prioritise collaboration and alternative modes of production and distribution. All our editions are produced at a small scale by the collective with all proceeds shared equally with the authors.

Dublin Art Book Fair is Ireland’s leading art book fair and centre for artist books. Taking place in Temple Bar Gallery + Studios over ten days, DABF champions small, creative and independent publishers, both Irish and international and artist books.

This event takes place as part of Dublin Art Book Fair 2023: Polyphonic, sponsored by Henry J Lyons and supported by Dublin UNESCO City of Literature.

Image description: A black-and-white photograph of a Sky Hopinka. He stands facing the camera on an urban street at night, holding a book. He wears a black cap and a black T-shirt.