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Artist Statement

In my collection, dance is more than an art form; it's a powerful testament to resilience, connection, and heritage within the lives of Indigenous, Black, Latin American, Southeast Asian communities, and people of the global majority. With 'Faces of Our Communities' as the thematic core, these photographs illuminate how these communities harness dance to resist oppression, honor ancestors, and forge a joyful path forward. By examining dance traditions that have been passed down through generations, I seek to showcase the universal language of movement that transcends cultural boundaries. These images are not just snapshots; they are a celebration of our shared history, a tribute to those who came before us, and a beacon for the future we have yet to create. My hope is for viewers to see reflections of their ancestors, feel the joy encapsulated in these movements, and be inspired by the enduring strength and solidarity that dance symbolizes in our global communities.

Artist Bio

Drew Arrieta is a documentary photographer and visual artist based in St. Paul, MN. His work focuses on capturing the experiences of communities of color in the state and Midwest in its totality.

Drew uses his camera to explore issues, such as climate change, police brutality, and the dynamic culture of marginalized communities. He regularly contributes visual storytelling work at Project Drawdown, a climate solutions non-profit, and Public Functionary, an artist-led exhibition and social space. His work has been featured in Vogue, NBC News, and Columbia Journalism Review.

Drew, a New York City native, moved to the Twin Cities after starting his work in political organizing and working on sustainability initiatives in the music industry, eventually deciding to pursue his passion for visual storytelling during COVID-19.

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