Goldilocks tahnon Ohkwari (Goldilocks and the Bears)

By Zoe Leigh Hopkins

Presented by YYZ Artists’ Outlet. Co-presented by: imagineNATIVE.


October 8 to December 3, 2016
YYZ Artists’ Outlet
401 Richmond Street West, Suite 140
Opening Reception: Friday, October 7, 6:00–9:00pm
Art Crawl Reception: Friday, October 21, 6:00–8:00pm, Artist Talk: 7:00pm

YYZ is pleased to present a video installation by Zoe Leigh Hopkins, which features the time-based work Goldilocks tahnon Ohkwari (Goldilocks and the Bears) along with sculptural elements and print materials related to its production. This contemporary adaptation of the popular fairy tale is entirely portrayed in the Mohawk language with English subtitles. Hopkins’s work presents a familiar tale in an unfamiliar voice. A story that is a cautionary tale for those who take over an already inhabited site and are willing to make claim to what is not rightfully theirs. The work addresses issues surrounding colonization and language preservation and it is in tune with YYZ’s ongoing interest in language-based projects. It is particularly important for us to continue to support works in Aboriginal and other diverse languages. In 2009 YYZ released a publication with Inuktitut text and storytelling and will host an upcoming exhibition project in Innu. A contextual text in Mohawk will be commissioned for this exhibition.

Zoe Leigh Hopkins (Heiltsuk/Mohawk) is from Six Nations, Ontario. Hopkins’s first short film, Prayer for a Good Day, premiered worldwide at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. She was a member of the imagineNATIVE Embargo Collective projects, from which her two short films The Garden and Skyworld have screened around the world. Hopkins was the first Canadian to go through the prestigious Sundance Institute’s Filmmaker’s Lab with her feature script, Cherry Blossoms, which is now in development with a Vancouver-based production company. Now fluent in Mohawk and living in Six Nations, Hopkins is currently in development with a feature film, entitled Running Home, with Big Soul Productions through Telefilm.