Kearra Amaya Gopee is a multidisciplinary visual artist from Carapichaima, Trinidad and Tobago and is based in Los Angeles. 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. While complicating the viewer’s understanding of economic and social marginalization in the region, Gopee’s practice also desires to test the mettle of these frameworks. Through interventions, Gopee aims to temper what we have known to be true with the potential of intuitive knowledge that has been historically cast aside in favor of Western assimilation. Gopee holds a BFA in Photography and Imaging from New York University and is an alumni of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Currently, they are an MFA candidate at the University of California, Los Angeles.
September 22, 2019