Scott Seekins' Great Sioux Uprising series draws ire from Native community
By Erica Rivera
In the discussion section of the event page, commenters have accused Seekins of cultural appropriation, calling the exhibition “problematic” and “tone-deaf.” Several people have requested via Facebook, email, and phone that the gallery cancel the show.
Seekins says his doppelgänger is bearing witness to history. Others say he's glorifying himself at the expense of his subjects.
A couple of weeks later, the criticism continued:
“This is art about genocide” Native community pushes back against Scott Seekins
I agree with the critics. The paintings already "bear witness" to historical events. Seekins's insertion of himself doesn't improve the message or add value. A modern white guy sees a 150-year-old battle...so what?