Skye Hopinka, VISIONS OF AN ISLAND 2016, single channel video, sound, 15 minutes

Wednesday November 17 2021, 6:30pm

Join us for an online viewing in two parts, of the international films featured in WATER RITES



Film screening artists:

Skye Hopinka
Su Yu-Hsin
Sissel M. Bergh
Natasha Naveau


Nici Cumpston
Danni Zuvela

Film run time:

48 minutes approx




(you will be sent a zoom link prior to the screening)

Part 1:

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This screening program extends the themes of WATER RITES through an array of international films centreing water as a subject, giving voice to water, its rhythms, needs, memories and desires. Here water is positioned as a potent non-human agent; as holder of culture, knowledge and memories, as matrix, healer and muse; and also as usurper, with deadly powers of breaking up, drowning, dissolving. The program is presented in two parts, with four films shown in each half of the exhibition timeframe.

Part 2 shares traditional knowledge, practices and stories in non-linear (VISIONS OF AN ISLAND) and decolonial forms (water sleep II Akaike river under Xizang Road); and through protecting and sharing knowledge (TJAETSIE/KNOW HOW and MENAPTWI).

(We need to get our heads above water and come in together.)



  • Skye Hopinka, VISIONS OF AN ISLAND 2016, single channel video, sound, 15 minutes
  • Su Yu-Hsin, water sleep II Akaike river under Xizang Road 2019, single channel video, sound, 10 minutes 24 seconds
  • Sissel M. Bergh, TJAETSIE/KNOW HOW 2017, single channel video, soundtrack by Maja Solveig Kjeldstrup Ratkje featuring deep sea recordings, 18 minutes
  • Natasha Naveau, MENAPTWI (SMOKED) 2018, 16mm transferred to digital video, sound, 5 minutes 20 seconds


Followed by a 20 minute Q+A with WATER RITES Curator, Danni Zuvela and Tarnanthi Artistic Director, Nici Cumpston.


WATER RITES is presented as part of Tarnanthi: Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art.

This project is supported by SA Water, Arts South Australia and the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.