(b. 1990, Southampton, New York; lives and works in Shinnecock Indian Reservation, Southhampton, NY)
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.
Jeremy Dennis is a participant in Art on the Grid, a citywide, open-air exhibition presented by Public Art Fund. Conceived in the spring of 2020, the exhibition features 50 artists’ reflections on the converging crises of the coronavirus pandemic and systemic racism in our country.