Nadema Agard; Jeremy Dennis; River Whittle


Three Indigenous Artists Share How Ancestral History & Notions of Identity Influence Their Practices

Published Tuesday, Oct 25, 2022

To mark Indigenous Peoples’ Month in November, Pace Live will host Towards Right Relations: A Roundtable Dialogue, an evening that will focus on the ways cultural institutions can move towards right relations with Indigenous communities and the role that art can play in that repair. Among the roundtable’s participants are Nadema Agard, a Cherokee, Lakota, and Powhatan artist, writer, curator, and educator in Repatriation and Multicultural/Native American arts and cultures; Jeremy Dennis, a contemporary fine art photographer and tribal member of the Shinnecock Indian Nation; and River Whittle, a two-spirit Caddo, Lenape, and white multimedia artist, youth mentor, and community organizer.

In the following interviews, Agard, Dennis, and Whittle each discuss their artistic practices and creative influences, offering advice on how art institutions can meaningfully support Indigenous artists and communities.

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Jeremy Dennis, Tea Time, 2018 © Jeremy Dennis


Jeremy Dennis on Using Photography to Examine Identity

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River Whittle, the earth needs its people (billboard), in Apache territory (Alamogordo, NM), 2021. Image copyright Roberto E. Rosales


How River Whittle Confronts Legacies of Settler Colonialism through Art Making

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Nadema Agard_Headshot Photo Credit Leo Correa QCC

Nadema Agard Draws on Feminine Iconography and Symbolism to Connect with Her Ancestral Past

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