So That We May Fear Not investigates nuances and contradictions of self-styled patriot ideologies, grounded in the whitewashed narrative of American history textbooks. Meredith leveraged his identity to join a midwestern militia to examine and understand the movement that spearheaded a dramatic political shift in the United States. Through photographs punctured with holes and militia props overlaid with text speaking to the permeability and fragility of white nationalism Meredith asks why this culture exists and how we might re-weave a softer, more collaborative future.
Jesse Meredith’s work has been exhibited in Chicago, New York, Peoria, Philadelphia, Ohio, Wisconsin, Limassol (Cyprus), and Buenos Aires (Argentina), among other virtual and physical spaces. He is a Lecturer in photography at the School of the Art Institute and a freelance photographer. He is currently an artist in residence at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art.