(b. 1990, Southampton, New York; lives and works in Shinnecock Indian Reservation, Southampton, New York)
Vincent (from 'Shinnecock Portrait Project'), 2020. Archival inkjet print. Courtesy of the artist.
This portrait of Vincent Cuffee is from a series titled Shinnecock Portrait Project. As Shinnecock tribal members, community members and family members, one of the difficulties we all share are misconceptions portrayed by the media. Photography has traditionally been used as evidence of truth, which has been used historically against the Shinnecock to threaten our sovereignty and self-determination. This portrait, and the ongoing series, celebrates our continued presence and resilience.