Name: Heyókȟa

Category: Photography

Material: Hahnemühle photo on dibond

Dimensions: 120 x 80 cm

Date: 2012-2021

In this photo, Nena and I are seen facing opposite directions, representing our divergent paths. However, I trust Nena’s guidance as she knows what’s best for me. I decided to name this photo “Heyókȟa,” after the sacred clowns of the Sioux people. The Heyókȟa is a unique and intriguing figure in Sioux culture, embodying qualities that are backwards-forwards, upside-down, or contrary in nature.

In their unconventional ways, the Heyókȟa is known for doing things differently, such as riding a horse backwards, wearing clothes inside-out, or even speaking in a backwards language. This unconventional nature is symbolic of the many facets of the sacred being and is an embodiment of sacred paradoxes.

The Heyókȟa also plays an important role in asking challenging questions and saying things that others are too afraid to say. This is a reminder that sometimes, it takes an unconventional approach to bring attention to important issues and to challenge the status quo.

In summary, this photo and its name, Heyókȟa, serve as a reminder to trust the unconventional and to embrace the paradoxes that exist within ourselves and the world around us. It also inspires us to question the norm and challenge ourselves to see things in a new light.

Trusting Nena, my horse, is an essential part of our relationship. As a rider, I rely on her to guide me safely through trails and terrains. Yet, beyond the physical aspects, our bond goes deeper. Nena has a unique personality, and I have learned to respect her instincts and trust her judgment. As we stand here facing opposite directions, I know that Nena understands my need to explore new paths, but I also know that she will always be there for me when I need her. This mutual trust is what makes our bond strong and allows us to navigate even the most challenging circumstances.