Josué Rivas


Josué Rivas (Mexica and Otomi) is an Indigenous Futurist, creative director, visual storyteller, and educator working at the intersection of art, journalism, and social justice. Rivas' work challenges mainstream narratives about Indigenous peoples, builds awareness about issues affecting Native communities across Turtle Island, and acts as a visual message to honor those in the shadows of our society.

Rivas is offering a limited selection of fine art prints from his breakout series of photographs created at Standing Rock, North Dakota. Rivas spent seven months living at Standing Rock, as a part of the community of Indigenous peoples and their allies from across the planet that gathered to protect Indigenous sovereignty and water rights against the encroachment of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Rivas describes this transformative moment in history, and in his own life, as an awakening.

He is a 2020 Catchlight Leadership Fellow, Magnum Foundation Photography and Social Justice Fellow, founder of the Standing Strong Project, co-founder of Indigenous Photograph, and winner of the 2018 FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo. His work has appeared in National Geographic, The Guardian, The New York Times, Apple and Nike N7 among others.

Passage Arts is offering three of Rivas’ most iconic images exclusively on our website. Each photograph is printed in an edition of five, 48 inches by 32 inches, each signed and numbered by the artist. We will be sharing stories as well as images, so stay tuned to learn more about Rivas and his important work.

10% of the proceeds from the sale of this work will be used to support Indigenous communities and the careers of Indigenous visual storytellers selected by the artist.

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