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 Amarise’s bisabuela and the Boricua womxn that raised them. This has become a focal aspect of Amarise’s investigation into Santeria and their familial ancestrial practices.
Santeria contains a range of afroindigenious/carribean practices therefor, studying is at the forefront of their image making, as well as vulerability, intimacy, and privacy. There is a long history of collecting objects that symbolize and represent a greater physical or metaphysical form. A shell can reference the island. An idol can reference an ancestor as a deity. Upon inspection and study, each item narrates a lost history that invites a displaced body; queer, diasporic and migrant, to enter. These altars and images, document survival.
In a similar manner, altars are places where objects are collected to reference personal narratives. Engaging the self to the narratives of past and present ancestors. By means of object, color, and composition these images are a window to view a place of reflection and the divine feminine in many facets.
Amarise received their BFA in Photography and Film from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2018. They are currently published in Aperture Magazine and have shown in galleries such as Candela Gallery, Side x Side Contemporary, and Transmitter.