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Sky Hopinka, Fainting Spells, 2018

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A myth for the Xąwįska (also known as Indian Pipe), used by the Ho-Chunk to revive those who have fainted, provides the starting point for Fainting Spells. Bright, flickering colors pointedly refuse the black-and-white or sepia-toned aesthetic that historically been used to consign Native people to the past. Fainting Spells instead distributes a series of images across three screens in order to suggest a cyclical way of engaging with stories; myth as a living, contemporary, aesthetic force.

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