JOSUE RIVAS, 29
RESIDES: Portland, OR
CLIENTS: YES! Magazine, NDN Collective, Honor the Earth, Indigenous Environmental Network
AWARDS/GRANTS: 1st Place FotoEvidence Book Award, Magnum Foundation Photography and Social Justice Fellowship, The New York Times Portfolio Review
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I’m currently working on the Standing Strong Project, a long term multimedia quest that seeks to reveal a new vision of Native America. My goal is for this body of work to serve as a tool to decolonize and reclaim the narrative for us as Indigenous peoples in Turtle Island (North America). For centuries Indigenous peoples have been documented through a Western lens, I want us to be able to tell our own stories and build a bridge for a more accurate depiction of who we are. We are diverse, resilient and peoples of the present.
I feel there is a paradigm shift happening in the industry and my hope is that more organizations, foundations and gatekeepers understand that when it comes to diversity, Indigenous peoples need to be at the forefront of the conversation. If we are going to build bridges and seek balance in the industry, we must allow the original peoples of this continent to have a place at the table.
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