BIO - SKAWENNATI
Skawennati makes art that addresses history, the future, and change from an Indigenous perspective. Well known for her machinimas – movies made in virtual environments – she also produces still images, sculpture and textile works. Her pioneering new media projects include the online gallery/chat-space and mixed-reality event, CyberPowWow (1997-2004); a paper doll/time-travel journal, Imagining Indians in the 25th Century (2001); and the machinimas TimeTravellerTM (2007-2013), She Falls For Ages (2017) and The Peacemaker Returns (2017). These have been widely presented in major exhibitions across the globe, including “Uchronia | What If ?”, in the HyperPavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale; “On Desire” B3 Biennale of the Moving Image, Frankfurt, Germany; “Now? Now!” at the Biennale of the Americas; “Looking Forward (L’Avenir)” at the Montreal Biennale; and “Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 3” at the Museum of Art and Design in New York City. Her award-winning work in is included in both public and private collections.
Skawennati’s first machinima project Time TravellerTM, is a science- fiction story of a Mohawk man who lives in the year 2121. He uses the technology of his time to visit important historical events. One of the aims of this project is to bring to life an unbroken time line of Aboriginal history that begins before European contact and ends far in the future, while depicting Aboriginal people as thinking, feeling, reasoning people the whole time.