Cinthya Santos Briones is a visual artist, educator, and cultural organizer with indigenous Nahua roots. Santos Briones’ interdisciplinary practice includes photography, historical archives, writing, ethnography, drawings, collage, embroidery, and popular education.With a background in ethnohistory and anthropology, she worked as a researcher at Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History, focusing on issues of indigenous migration, codex, textiles, and traditional medicine. Santos Briones’ ongoing collaborative project Migrant Herbalism investigates traditional medicine practices among Mexican migrant communities in New York City. Using cameraless photography, ancient codex, workshops, and embroidery, the project documents the community's reliance on ancestral knowledge and plant-based therapies for healing.
Santos Briones has participated in exhibitions at El Museo del Barrio, the Museum of the City of New York, the International Center of Photography, the Latinx Project, and Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery, Stony Brook all NY; Sky Blue Gallery, Portland, OR; and the Trout Museum of Art, Appleton, WI. Santos Briones is the recipient of fellowships and residencies from the Magnum Foundation, En Foco, Wave Hill Public Garden & Cultural Center, National Geographic Research and Exploration, We Woman, National Fund for Culture and the Arts of México. She is co-author of the book “The Indigenous Worldview and its Representations in Textiles of the Nahua community of Santa Ana Tzacuala, Hidalgo,” and the documentary, The Huichapan Codex. Santos Briones is Adjunct Faculty at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY. She holds an MFA focus in creative writing and photography from Ithaca College-Cornell University.