LaRissa Rogers (b. 1996) is an interdisciplinary artist born in Ruckersville, VA working in performance, video, sculpture, and installation. She received her BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and is currently pursuing her MFA in New Genres at the University of California Los Angeles.
Rogers’ work looks at the intersections of culture, identity, and embedded forms of colonization expressed through perception and psyche. Combining aspects of memory, history, and personal experience, she delves into what is her blackness by addressing ideas of hybridity, authenticity, and visibility as an Afro-Asian woman. As slavery's ongoing past continues to inform the present, she uses materials that reference past histories and recontextualizes them to articulate ideas surrounding labor, safety, care, healing, resistance, and resilience.
LaRissa is the Sutton-Wallace Family Fellow at New City Arts. During her Fellowship at New City Arts in February 2021, LaRissa will investigate landscapes in Charlottesville, VA where Black life has been seemingly erased. As she continues to explore ideas of amnesia and what it means to be surviving, she turns to the soil as a living archive and method of Black resistance and breath. By conducting interventions with soil in these spaces, she hopes to begin a conversation around visibility, consumption, land, labor, and marginalized voices.
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