Jeremy Dennis – A Visionary Native Photographer

Written by on June 21, 2024

Jeremy Dennis, a member of the Shinnecock Indian Nation and a contemporary fine art photographer, uses his lens to delve deep into the themes of indigenous identity, assimilation, and tradition. Raised on the Shinnecock Nation Reservation, Dennis holds an MFA from Pennsylvania State University and a BA in studio art from Stony Brook University.

Rise: A Reflection on Indigenous Presence and Fear

Dennis’s exhibit, “Rise,” currently showcased at the Sacred Circle Gallery from April 10 to June 30, 2024, is a thought-provoking series that confronts the subtle fear of indigenous people in the United States. Through his work, Dennis addresses the concept of a future Native American uprising, blending the fear and humor often associated with popular culture’s zombie motif. By replacing the zombie figure with the American Indian, he highlights the enduring presence and resilience of indigenous communities.

The Intersection of Art and Activism

Dennis’s work not only reflects his artistic talent but also his commitment to activism. By bringing attention to the historical and ongoing struggles of Indigenous people, he uses his art as a platform for dialogue and education. His unique approach invites viewers to question their perceptions and consider the broader implications of cultural survival and resistance. This intersection of art and activism is a hallmark of Dennis’s career, making his contributions to contemporary Native American art both significant and timely.

Join Us for an Exclusive Interview

Discover more about Jeremy Dennis’s inspiring journey and the powerful messages behind his artwork. Don’t miss our exclusive video interview with Jeremy Dennis and Ronnie the Blue Eyed Native, where Dennis shares insights into his creative process and the cultural significance of his work.

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