DPI Senior Kearra Amaya Gopee Featured in News12's "Best of Brooklyn"

Wednesday, Apr 19, 2017

Kearra Amaya Gopee, a senior in the Tisch Department of Photography & Imaging, is the subject of a recent feature in News12's Best of Brooklyn series.

The feature highlights Kearra's artwork centering around island life in Trinidad, its folklore, history, and contemporary problems.

News12 showed excerpts from Gopee's project Soucouyant Rising, which "seeks to interrogate this folklore as a device used to undermine Caribbean women and leads us to think more deeply about who she is as an independent being, unrestricted by arbitrary boundaries and toxic masculinity. She exists not as the villain but as the hero, as she does what she must to survive in a (post) colonial space that actively focuses on her destruction, exhibiting a resilience that is not unfamiliar to Caribbean women, both at home and within the Diaspora."

Kearra's senior thesis installation Artifact #1: Tiger Balm, which incorporates archival photographs and digitally altered video, is on view in the Department of Photography & Imaging through May 22. Gopee is also a 2017 fellow with the Laundromat Project.