Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts presents an exhibition of photography by artist and filmmaker Jeremy Dennis. “Views from Shinnecock” opened Tuesday, November 1, in the lobby of Bay Street Theater, and will be on view through Saturday, December 31, in commemoration of Native American Heritage Month.
An opening reception will be held immediately following the short film series “Amplifying Indigenous Voices,” screening Sunday, November 13, at 5 PM at the theater.
Views from Shinnecock explores indigenous identity, cultural assimilation, and the ancestral traditional practices of the Shinnecock Indian Nation.
“My work is a means of examining my identity and the identity of my community,” said Jeremy Dennis. “Specifically the unique experience of living on a sovereign Indian reservation and the problems we face.”
The digital photography exhibit looks to question and disrupt the post-colonial narrative that dominates film and media. Dennis offers a complex and compelling representation of indigenous people while seeking to create conversations about uncomfortable aspects of post-colonialism.
The exhibition is being presented in tandem with the screening of Reciprocity Project’s “Amplifying Indigenous Voices” films series. One of the evening’s stories includes “Ma’s House,” which takes place on the Shinnecock Indian Nation and focuses on Dennis’ story.
“Bay Street Theater is honored to be working with Jeremy, Ma’s House, and celebrating the artistic work of the Shinnecock Nation,” said Bay Street’s Executive Director, Tracy Mitchell. “Together, we hope this is just the first of many more future collaborations to come as we celebrate the contributions of all Native American peoples.”