Skawennati

Skawennati, born in Kahnawà:ke Mohawk Territory, makes art that addresses history, the future, and change from an Indigenous perspective. She produces machinimas—movies made in virtual environments—still images, sculpture and textile works. Her pioneering new media projects have been presented around the globe and in major exhibitions such as 'Now? Now!' at the Biennale of the Americas; and 'Looking Forward (L’Avenir)' at the Montreal Biennale.

Artist of the B3 Exhibition ON DESIRE

She Falls For Ages, 2016
Single-channel full HD video, 21 min
Courtesy: Elephant Gallery, Montreal

She Falls For Ages is a sci-fi retelling of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) creation story. It begins on an ancient, alien world whose culture centres on the care and reverence for the beautiful, energy-producing Celestial Tree. The central figure of the tale, Otsitsakaion, has a special power: she can see the future. When she learns that her world is dying, Otsitsakaion knows what must be done; she must become the seed of the new world. Using the new media technique known as machinima, She Falls For Ages boldly mixes Haudenosaunee storytelling with science fiction to connect the deep past and the far future.