Skawennati makes art that addresses history, the future, and change from an Indigenous perspective. Best known for her machinimas—movies made in virtual environments—she also produces still images, sculpture and textile works.
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 TimeTraveller™(2008-2013), a multi-platform project featuring nine machinima episodes. These have been presented in New Zealand, Hawaii, Ireland and across North America in major exhibitions such as “Now? Now!” at the Biennale of the Americas, and “Looking Forward (L’Avenir)” at the Montreal Biennale. Skawennati is represented by ELLEPHANT and her award-winning work is included in both public and private collections.
Born in Kahnawà:ke Mohawk Territory, Skawennati holds a BFA from Concordia University in Montreal, where she is based. 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. She also co-directs their Skins workshops in Aboriginal Storytelling and Digital Media. In 2015, AbTeC launched IIF, the Initiative for Indigenous Futures; Skawennati is its Partnership Coordinator.
Skawennati. Teiakwanahstahsontéhrha’ | We Extend the Rafters. Children's exhibition.
2017.10.28 - 2018.01.27
“My name is Iotetshèn:’en, and I live on Earth—usually. For now, we are travelling to the first meeting of the five nearest, friendliest planets in our galaxy. I have been invited on this historic voyage because I have a special power…”Read more
Family Saturday at VOX
VOX invites you to time travel with your kids! Come discover our third children’s exhibition, designed specifically for kids aged 5 to 11 by Mohawk artist Skawennati. Our visual arts’ facilitators will be on site to welcome you from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm: a guided tour and various workshops await you… and it’s free!Read more
Interview with Skawennati during her exhibition at VOX.See interview