Join Parrish Collection artist and fine art photographer Jeremy Dennis, member of the Shinnecock Indian Nation, for an evening-length program featuring a short documentary and conversation about an artist residency he founded and a postcard workshop to draw attention to the sacred land of the Shinnecock Hills.
In the documentary, Ma’s House, presented as part of the ALL ARTS ongoing initiative The First Twenty, Dennis discusses the building of Ma’s House & BIPOC Art Studio, an artist retreat and communal art space on the Shinnecock Indian Reservation in Southampton. With the studio, Dennis aims to provide a safe space for free creativity and healing for BIPOC artists. The film explores the challenges he and his family met while renovating his grandmother’s house and how he hopes the space will serve the community now and in the future.
During the second part of the evening, visitors are invited to participate in a workshop with the artist designing postcards advocating for a building moratorium in Shinnecock Hills. Dennis will share a brief background about Shinnecock Hills and its significance to the Shinnecock Nation, answer any questions, and show how to create postcards. Materials will be provided.
“The Shinnecock Hills are a sacred landscape for the Shinnecock People,” says Jeremy Dennis. “Ancestors, dating back over three thousand years, are buried here. In 1859, Southampton Town stole the Shinnecock Hills using lies, deceit, and forged signatures. The Shinnecock Nation pursued and received Federal Recognition to regain these lands with the help of New York State but have yet to receive support from any NYS Governor that has held office since 2010.”
ABOUT JEREMY DENNIS
Jeremy Dennis (b. 1990) explores indigenous identity, culture, and assimilation in his work. In 2018, he participated in the Parrish Road Show with an exhibition at the Arts Center at Duck Creek, East Hampton. He was one of 10 recipients of a 2016 Dreamstarter Grant from the national non-profit organization Running Strong for American Indian Youth. He was awarded $10,000 to pursue his project, On This Site, which uses photography and an interactive online map to showcase culturally significant Native American sites on Long Island, a topic of special meaning for Dennis, who was raised on the Shinnecock Nation Reservation. He also created a book and exhibition from this project. Most recently, Dennis received the Creative Bursar Award from Getty Images in 2018 to continue his series Stories. In 2013, Dennis began working on the series, Stories—Indigenous Oral Stories, Dreams and Myths. Inspired by North American indigenous stories, the artist staged supernatural images that transform these myths and legends to depictions of an actual experience in a photograph.
ABOUT ALL ARTS
ALL ARTS is breaking new ground as a destination for inspiration, creativity and art of all forms. This New York Emmy-winning arts and culture hub is created by The WNET Group, the community-supported home of New York’s PBS stations. With the aim of being accessible to viewers everywhere, ALL ARTS’ Webby-nominated programming—from digital shorts to feature films—is available online nationwide through AllArts.org, the free ALL ARTS app on all major streaming platforms. The First Twenty explores events that have caused a shift in the collective American consciousness with artists as guides. Audiences can witness their responses to incidents or moments in the first 20 years of the 21st century.
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