Skawennati

Skawennati was born in Kahnawà:ke Mohawk Territory. She holds a BFA from Concordia University in Montreal, where she resides.  She makes art that addresses history, the future, and change from an Indigenous perspective. She is known for her machinimas – movies made in virtual environments – and also her still images called Machinimagraphs, sculptures and textiles. 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 TimeTraveller™ (2007-2013), She Falls For Ages (2017), The Peacemaker Returns (2017) and Words Before All Else (2018-2021). 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 is included in both public and private collections. She is Co-Director, with Jason E. Lewis, of Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace (AbTeC), a research network of artists, academics and technologists investigating, creating and critiquing Indigenous virtual environments.

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