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Visual Culture Seminar

Thursday, February 2, 2023
2:30pm to 4:00pm
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Kearra Gopee, Anti-disciplinary Visual Artist,

Visual artist and writer, Kearra Gopee, will discuss their work with Caltech's Winter 2023 artist-in-residence Caitlin Berrigan, drawing from their writings and recent artwork on imagining collective spaces for creativity, solace, friendship, and revenge fantasies.

Kearra Amaya Gopee (they/them) is 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, NY). Using video, sculpture, sound, writing and other media, they identify both violence and time as primary conditions that undergird the anti-Black world in which they work: a world that they are intent on working against through myriad collective interventions. They render this violence elastic and atemporal—leaving ample room for the consideration and manipulation of its history, implications on the present and possible afterlives. In the spirit of maroonage, they have been developing an artist residency in Trinidad and Tobago titled a small place—after Jamaica Kincaid's book of the same name—due to begin in 2023. They hold a MFA from University of California, Los Angeles; BFA in Photography and Imaging from New York University, and are an alum of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Additionally, they are a regional proxy for Black Lunch Table and they obsess about artist residencies at If you are Black, feel free to reach out for the password to access a small place.

Please email Cecilia Lu to register. The artist's materials will be sent shortly after registration and the Zoom meeting link will be provided an hour before event.

The Caltech-Huntington Program in Visual Culture is funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and based in Caltech's Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences. In collaboration with The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens, the program features undergraduate course offerings, guest lecturers, and other programming to foster conversations between humanists and scientists.

For more information, please contact Cecilia Lu by phone at 626-395-1724 or by email at [email protected].