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Ecological Poetics: A Reading with Sky Hopkina and Adjua Gargi Nzinga Greaves

November 18 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join Artspace New Haven and artistic duo Aeron Bergman & Alejandra Salinas for a poetry reading with Sky Hopinka and Adjua Gargi Nzinga Greaves concerning ecological poetics. Greaves will present “Reading Flowers in the Fractal Meadow: bouquet poetics, editorial cosmology, and the euphoria of backmatter.”

“Ecological Poetics: A Reading with Sky Hopinka and Adjua Gargi Nzinga Greaves” is part of the series “The Commons: Towards Reclaiming Collective Power,” conceptualized by Bergman & Salinas as attendant works within their exhibition Against the General Good/ Contra el Bien General, on view September 17–December 3, 2022. For in-person programs, Artspace encourages mask-wearing and social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within our community. 

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 non fiction forms of media.

His work has played at various festivals including Sundance, Toronto International Film Festival, Ann Arbor, Courtisane Festival, Punto de Vista, and the New York Film Festival. His work was a part of the 2017 Whitney Biennial, the 2018 FRONT Triennial and Prospect.5. He was a guest curator at the 2019 Whitney Biennial and participated in Cosmopolis #2 at the Centre Pompidou. He has had a solo exhibition at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, in 2020. He was awarded the Tom Berman Award for Most Promising Filmmaker at the 54th Ann Arbor Film Festival, and the New Cinema Award at the Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival. 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, an Art Matters Fellow in 2019, a recipient of a 2020 Alpert Award for Film/Video, a 2020 Guggenheim Fellow, and is a 2021 Forge Project Fellow.

Adjua Gargi Nzinga Greaves Adjua Gargi Nzinga Greaves is an artist guided by metaphysics, network science, ethnobotany, and the granular analytics of poetic inquiry. Recent supporters include Folly Tree Arboretum, The Museum of Modern Art, Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts at The New School, 4 Columns, Hyperallergic, Artists Space, Ugly Duckling Presse, Issue Project Room, Rauschenberg Residency, and Kore Press. Greaves is Young Mother of The Florxal Review—an emerging platform of literary criticism and network science centering floral linguistics, its instances, applications, implications, and possibilities. In Fall 2021, Adjua entered the Literary Arts Program at Brown University as a candidate for the MFA in Poetry. She lives between New York City and Providence, Rhode Island where she is currently creating a database and a libretto. She spends as much time as possible outdoors.


November 18
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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