A metal structure engraved with a snake eating its own tail

Kearra Amaya Gopee, "pappyshow in the dark time, my love," 2022; three-channel projection, iron, aluminum, chain mail, wood, subwoofers, mixer, amplifier, PA speakers; dimensions variable.

Kearra Amaya Gopee

New York; Trinidad and Tobago
Artist in Residence, 2023

Portrait pf Kearra Amaya Gopee

Artist Statement

I am an anti-disciplinary visual artist from Carapichaima, Kairi (the larger of the twin-island nation known as Trinidad and Tobago), living on Lenape land (New York). Through video, sculpture, sound, and writing, I identify both violence and time as primary conditions that undergird the anti-Black world in which I work: a world that I am intent on working against through myriad collective interventions. My process functions as a vehicle for strategizing other possible lives with the people I love across the diasporas they belong to. In the spirit of maroonage, I have been developing an artist residency in Trinidad titled a small place, after Jamaica Kincaid’s book of the same name. 


While at Headlands

While at Headlands, I will be pursuing both my video and material practices as well as my research into artist residencies.


Artist portrait by Elliott Jerome Brown Jr.