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, her work uses materials that reference past histories and re-contextualizes them to articulate ideas surrounding identity, race, care, resistance, and resilience.
Through performance, video, and installation the systems of commodification, representation, and female-identified subjectivity, are addressed as shaped by the experience of diaspora. The body becomes an archive and vessel for collective memory and reimagining, while temporality provides pathways for de-colonial futures and alternative possibilities for black people to exist.
LaRissa Rogers (b. 1996) is an antidisciplinary artist born in Charlottesville, VA. She holds a BFA in Painting and Printmaking and BIS in International Fashion Buying from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has exhibited work and performed in institutions such as ICOSA in Austin TX, Fields Projects in NY, Welcome Gallery in Charlottesville VA, Target Gallery in Alexandria VA, 1708 Gallery in Richmond VA, Second Street Gallery in Charlottesville VA, The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative in Charlottesville VA, W Doha in Qatar, The Fronte Arte Cultura in San Ysidro CA and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Virginia Beach VA. She is the 2020-2021 Graduate Opportunity Fellow at the University of California Los Angeles, the 2021 Sutton-Wallace Family Fellow at New City Arts, and the 2021-2022 VMFA Visual Arts fellow at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. She is currently pursuing her MFA in New Genres at the University of California Los Angeles and will be attending the BEMIS Center of Contemporary Arts Residency in Summer 2022.