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Jamie John Open Studios
April 19, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Jeremy Dennis – Lead of Ma’s House
Ma’s House Announces “Jamie John – Unceded”
Ma’s House & BIPOC Art Studio, 159 Old Point Road (follow yellow signs), Southampton, NY 11968
Free Public Reception: April 19th, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm with refreshments
Shinnecock, NY – Ma’s House is pleased to present open studios of new works by April resident artist Jamie John. The exhibit will run from April 19th to May 14th, 2022, with an opening reception Tuesday, April 19th, from 5 – 7 pm. The open studios will feature works inspired by Jamie’s renewal of a sense of ancestral kinship ties to the land and water on the east coast of Turtle Island.
Unceded: Never ceded, handed over; unyielded. Never conquered, never surrendered, never signed over. Never relinquished or given up. You cannot trespass on what was stolen from you.
Colonialism is a structure that permeates our ways of living by separating us from our lands, communities and kin, language, and traditions. It is a structure with a beginning and no end. The eradication of Indigenous people from the everyday political consciousness is responsible for trapping us in a past that does not exist. We are still here, have always been, and will always be here.
The viewing of this work begins with the understanding that we do not live in a post-colonial society. Everyday acts of settler-colonial violence such as removal, police brutality, and land desecration, provide a window to the injustices of our ancestors. Intertwining personal narrative along with historical memory and cultural loss allows the work to speak to what it means to be Indigenous, what it means to honor our histories, and what our history can tell us about our future. The responsibilities we have to community, kin, and culture is a mindset that extends beyond medium and forms to celebrate our survival and serve as a memorial for those who did not, both human and non-human.
Jamie John is a 2spirit Anishinaabe and Korean artist, writer, educator, and abolitionist living and working in their ancestral homeland of so-called Michigan. Jamie is an enrolled and active tribal citizen of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, a jingle dress and hoop dancer, and a lifelong language learner. Being Korean and Anishinaabe, Jamie spent many years living with their adopted Mexican (Nahuatl) family out in California before moving to their ancestral Anishinaabe homeland in Michigan.
Gallery hours are 11:00 am – 8 pm by appointment
For additional information or an appointment with the artist, please get in touch with Jeremy Dennis at 631.566.0486