Amarise Carreras is a photo based performance artist, utilizing photography for both documenting and observing while engaging in performative conversations. The results are images of quotidian moments and narratives that portal history, ancestry, altars and still lifes that are alive. The performative aspect is referential directly to a gentle and deeply personal connection to the Boricua woman that raised them, and their passed down knowledges, medicine, and traditions.  

There is a long history of collecting objects that symbolize and represent a greater form, lineages, and sentiments. Upon inspection and study, each item narrates a space that invites the body; trans, queer, diasporic and migrant, to enter. These altars and images, document survival while serving as a means to build new worlds and possibilities.

Amarise received their BFA in Photography and Film from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2018. They are currently published in Aperture Magazine, Nueva Luz, and have shown in galleries such as Candela Gallery, Side x Side Contemporary, and Transmitter.