Saturday, August 6
11am-12pm
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Join us for our Artists in the Garden series, Insider Outsider: New Voices in the Art World moderated by installation artist and curator MAGO.  This series of conversations in the LongHouse gardens features underrepresented artists whose work will inspire, challenge, and intrigue you.  We invite you to make your circle of art and culture bigger and join this creative dialogue.

Jeremy Dennis (b. 1990) is a contemporary fine art photographer and a tribal member of the Shinnecock Indian Nation in Southampton, NY. In his work, he explores indigenous identity, culture, and assimilation.Dennis 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.

Dennis holds an MFA from Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA, and a BA in Studio Art from Stony Brook University, NY.He currently lives and works in Southampton, New York on the Shinnecock Indian Reservation.

 
"My photography explores indigenous identity, cultural assimilation, and the ancestral traditional practices of my tribe, the Shinnecock Indian Nation. Though science has solved many questions about natural phenomena, questions of identity are more abstract, the answers more nuanced. My work is a means of examining my identity and the identity of my community, specifically the unique experience of living on a sovereign Indian reservation and the problems we face."

Andrina Wekontash Smith is a Shinnecock storyteller, writer, performer, and educator whose work often explores the complexity of racial identity/indigenous identity.  She is currently developing a streamium-comedy series with ABC Signature under Kerry Washington's Simpson Street banner, and writing / directing an immersive VR experience for Time Studios exploring racial disparities in policing, housing, and voting that still in society today.  In 2021, she was named a Native American Media Alliance Writers fellow and was a recipient of the Netflix accelerator grant.   Her piece “The Darker Red Road” in collaboration with  the Facebook app, garnered over three million views on Facebook (for whom she also wrote and produced a series called “Women of Herstory").  

At Guild Hall, she directed the staged reading “Africaville”  by Jeffrey Colvin, and a 2021 Community artist in Resident. She culminated her experience with a solo show “East End Native” a collection  of stories and experiences her unique perspective of the East End has provided. She was a 2019  Watermill Center Artist in Resident, and has spent her time uncovering the East End’s unique history. Her writing and essays have been featured in Edible’s East End, Native Max Magazine, WildSam’s East End Edition, and Dan’s Paper.

With many faces of creativity, MAGO, Enrique J. Martinez, envisions the unimaginable. As an internationally acclaimed installation artist and has successfully brought projects to life in art exhibitions, television, studio management, marketing, and content development. His span of expertise ranges and evolves into new domains, allowing him to communicate to a wide scope of individual and group audiences.

A co-founder of AccessHamptons.com, he produces lively content that showcases the art, culture, and entertainment of the east end and beyond. MAGO writes a monthly column for Social Life Magazine highlighting the Hamptons art scene. He also shares his knowledge on both new and established talents in the arts, fashion, and music industries in Vestalmag.com, a bi-annual digital and print fashion magazine.

 MAGO also takes pride in working with noble organizations such as LatinoX (Votar es Poder), The RETREAT (All Against Abuse Campaign), Human Rights Campaign (HRC), and Project Enterprise. He has served as co-chair of HRC’s auction committee for its annual gala.

 Insider Outsider: New Voices in the Art World is made possible through the generous support of the New York State Council on the Arts.

Jeremy Dennis image courtesy of Simon Howell.

MAGO image courtesy of Marsin Mogielski