Zoë Urness

Zoë Marieh Urness is a Tlingit Alaskan Native whose portraits of modern Natives in traditional regalia and settings, aim to send a message: “We are here. And we are thriving, through our traditions”. Her unique style fuses documentary and fine art, with her imagery simultaneously reflecting the sensitivity and the ancestral strength of her subjects. Educated at Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, CA, Zoë’s current project focuses exclusively on sharing beautiful, powerful images of Indigenous Americans, and the lands and traditions they hold dear. Most recently, she has visited the Havasupai at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, the Hopi at Second Mesa, the Apache Crown Dancers at Monument Valley, and the Alaskan natives at the biennial Celebration in Juneau. She has shown abroad in the United Kingdom and has made show appearances at Photo L.A., SPECTRUM during Art Basel Miami, the Heard Market, and at Native Treasures. She has made her second appearance on the plaza at Santa Fe’s annual Indian Market, winning three blue ribbons combined in her first and second year including Best in Division and Best in Category.