tamara suarez porras in /digital room/
Note by Guest Juror Dorothy Santos
When something looks deceptively simple, I’m convinced of the skill, knowledge, and experience of the artist. We see her command of photography as well an intimate look into her cosmic imagination. porras’ work quickly reminds us of the universe we find ourselves in. Her work is also reminiscent of the “overview effect” astronauts experience when looking at the earth, which is a shifting of seeing the earth as a planet among many. Her works aren’t optical illusions, constructions, or even deconstructions. Rather, they are poetic gestures asking us to think about the world beyond ourselves. They are gateways and prompts for introspection.
tamara suarez porras is an artist, writer, and educator from (south) Brooklyn, NY and currently based in the San Francisco Bay Area.
tamara explores the fluid relationships of time, memory, and history through a photo-conceptual, research-centric practice. Her cross-disciplinary work spans across installation, writing, filmmaking, and performance. Her academic research interests currently center on photo-based artists who engage with archival practices to re-center histories. She has exhibited nationally, including at the Brooklyn Museum, School at the International Center of Photography, En Foco Touring Gallery, and Deitch Projects in New York City, as well as fusedspace and Embark Gallery in San Francisco, CA. Her writing has been published on Art Practical and contemptorary.
tamara has taught at California College of the Arts, the International Center of Photography, City College of San Francisco (FMYASP) and the New York State Summer School of the Arts. She is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Photography+Imaging and Journalism. She graduated from California College of the Arts with a dual MFA/MA in Fine Arts and Visual and Critical Studies.