Daniel-José Cyan
Daniel-José Cyan
Fatmata Binta Bah
Daniel-José Cyan
Fatmata Binta Bah

Featuring: Daniel-José Cyan, Fatmata Binta Bah, Lea Ibragimov, Shay Lin Gutierrez, MarTaze T. Gaines – “Taz,” Miyagi Scott, and Nathalie Flo

Learn more about all the youth exhibitions in the Edu Lab Notebook: Peer Exchange in the Park.

LEGACY centers the stories and photo journeys of Black, Indigenous, POC, Queer and Trans youth in their roles as story-tellers and story-keepers as part of their collective liberation. This work has been an opportunity to envision and hold space where youth can dream and re-imagine a world that honors their wellness, ancestral medicine, traditions, and stories, as well as their role in building new ones. As Robin Wall Kimmerer shared in Braiding Sweetgrass: “We are not just storytellers, We are also story-makers.”

Lion’s Tooth Legacy Photo Project, uplifts the stories of seven immigrant and first generation youth photographers. Stories that reflect on the intersections of family, ancestors, joy, race, gender, faith and radical self-love as a way to deconstruct the legacy we choose to carry, heal and part ways from, but also build as future ancestors.

About The Artists

Daniel-José Cyan (he/him): I am an immigrant from Guatemala, a person of color, a queer man of faith and trans experience, and an artist. I hold many identities. Each of these, though only parts of who I am and not the sum, have a large influence on the art I create. I enjoy collaborative work, and this series wouldn’t have been possible without the photography assistance of my friends Miyagi Scott and Apollo Flowerchild. @cyan.djs @apolloflowerchild @miyagivisuals

Fatmata Binta Bah: is a budding storyteller and committed student of life. They relish in the opportunity to broaden people’s understanding of gender and sexuality, healing and wellness, and ourselves as individuals and interconnected beings. Binta Bah aims to combine their intersections as a Black, queer, girl-child interested in history and memory work—which shares and grounds community through an intersectional lens that is reflective of ourselves and heritage.

Shay Lin Gutierrez (they/them): I was born in Spanish Harlem, and raised in the Bronx. I am a nonbinary visual artist, whose primary visual art form is photography. I have been studying photography for six years, but have been pursuing the art form professionally since late 2019. I love to shoot portraits, fashion, and event photography. I usually shoot POC/Black and queer individuals and artists. I joined Lion’s Tooth Project in the summer of 2019, and was given the special opportunity to submit to Photoville for the second time this year. I am still finding myself as a photographer, and my Legacy project reminded me how much I love storytelling. @museumofawfulart

MarTaze T. Gaines – “Taz” (name preferred or they/them): I am Taz. I’m a Black, Queer, Southerner from Baltimore. Maryland is the South. My folx are from Baltimore and southern Maryland, North Carolina, and South Carolina. By lineage, we are the Yoruba and Fulani people of Nigeria, and the Ewondo people of Cameroon. My creative process is really through feeling. I see a lot of things that spark interest, or that I will revisit, but I move through feelings. @mtgaines

Miyagi Scott (he/him): “Magic still exists to those left with nothing. We too can be something.” Miyagi Superior Scott lives by those very words. He was born in New Jersey, but spent many years of his youth in New York. As a natural-born artist, his work takes whichever form it needs to, depending on the story it is trying to tell. His mission and goal for his visual art has been and always will be to inspire young people—showing them that the ideas in one’s mind can be brought to life with hard work and dedication. He has won New York City graphic design competitions using software only on his smartphone. In having less, it has given him more: more drive, more strength, more of an imagination. He is currently enrolled at New York City College of Technology, majoring in architectural technology and urban studies.

Nathalie Flo (she/they): is an Ayitienne multi-dimensional artist born and raised in the Bronx. They are a merger of senses, moments, and light—seeking to reflect the medicine of presence through words, visuals, and healing work. @flo.glo

Lea Ibragimov (they/she): Ibragimov joined Lion’s Tooth Project as a junior in high school. They are currently a freshman in college, and last year supported Photoville as their Teen Ambassador. Art and photography have been a tool for exploring her personal story and intersecting identities. In high school, they led as pioneer of the youth pride club. They were also a part of the school newsletter, and served as a translator in their community. Her family is from Azerbaijan, and their current Legacy project explores her coming-of-age story in connection to her family ancestry as someone growing up in the U.S.


  • Lion’s Tooth Project

    Lion’s Tooth Project

    Lion’s Tooth Project inspires immigrant, queer, trans and BIPOC youth to have more agency around their personal stories, healing, and wellness through photography and earth medicine. We believe in the healing power of community, story-telling, story-keeping, and connection to the earth. We center the voices of QTBIPOC youth by connecting in our legacy, joy, and experiences as a tool for liberation.

    Offering year-round intentional and youth-led programming we encourage young people to explore / honor their identities, understand the world around them, build leadership skills, and define what wellness and healing mean for them.

    Follow us on IG @lionstoothproject to listen to our Hive Mind IG LIVE conversations with LEGACY photographers! Live weekly, September 2021.

  • NYC Parks

    NYC Parks

    NYC Parks is the steward of more than 30,000 acres of land — 14 percent of New York City — including more than 5,000 individual properties ranging from Coney Island Beach and Central Park to community gardens  and Greenstreets. We operate more than 800 athletic fields and nearly 1,000 playgrounds, 1,800 basketball courts, 550 tennis courts, 65 public pools, 51 recreational facilities, 15 nature centers, 14 golf courses, and 14 miles of beaches. We care for 1,200 monuments and 23 historic house museums. We look after 600,000 street trees, and two million more in parks. We are New York City’s principal providers of recreational and athletic facilities and programs. We are home to free concerts, world-class sports events, and cultural festivals.


 archive : 2021

Featuring: Various Artists

Presented by: Lion's Tooth Project, NYC Parks
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Old Fulton Street and Prospect Street
DUMBO, Brooklyn 11201

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Lion’s Tooth Project LEGACY is generously supported by the Merck Family Fund, Trans Justice Funding Project, Borealis Philanthropy, Citizens Committee for New York City, community members, and individual donors.

In gratitude to them and all the students who attended our LEGACY workshops through Lion’s Tooth programs and this years partnership with Landmark High School.

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