Kearra Amaya Gopee is a multidisciplinary visual artist from Carapichaima, Trinidad and Tobago, based in Los Angeles, CA. Their research based practice focuses on the nature of violence and erasure, and the particularities of those that are inflicted on the Caribbean and its' diasporas by the global north. Using lived experiences as a point of departure, they address themes of migration, intergenerational trauma, queerness, difference and healing. While complicating the viewer's understanding of economic and social marginalization in the region, their practice also desires to test the mettle of these frameworks. Through their interventions, they aim to temper what we have known to be true with the potential of intuitive knowledges that have been historically cast aside in favour of Western assimilation.
They hold a BFA in Photography and Imaging from New York University and are an alum of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Currently, they are a MFA candidate at University of California, Los Angeles.
They are a regional proxy for Black Lunch Table, a member of Wikimedians of the Caribbean and highly and sweetly suggest that you put your time and coin behind JeanxDinah, a Queer femme collective of creative collaborators based in Trinidad and Tobago.
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