Jeremy Dennis (Shinnecock Indian Reservation, Southampton, NY) makes his work personal. He starts his research by interacting with a site, often hiking, marking specific locations, returning to them again and again; then he introduces props, costumes, and his own body. In his ongoing photo series, Stories (2013–present) and Rise (2017–present), Jeremy uses digital photography and creative editing to manipulate indigenous stereotypes, mythologies, and their relationships to contemporary culture and landscape. The terrain at North Mountain provides his practice with ample natural space, but also the liminal areas of human intervention in nature. “I’m interested in places with artificial features, landscapes that are both managed and natural.” He activates these spaces with his particular brand of visual wit: “For many viewers, my photographs are the first visual representation of indigenous people they encounter outside of Hollywood movies and sports mascots. Humor is an invitation to be in on the culture.”
After leaving North Mountain, Jeremy embarks on a fellowship for documentary storytelling at Skidmore College. In August, the Parish Art Museum in Southampton will host a solo exhibition of his photographs. See more of Jeremy’s past work and ongoing projects at www.jeremynative.com.