Amina Cruz as we exit, we enter
August 16th – September 10th, 2023
Opening Wednesday August 16th 6 – 9 PM
Born: Los Angeles, CA
August 16, XXXX 9:52 am
Sun: Leo 23° 12’
Moon: Sagittarius 24° 55’
Venus: Virgo 9° 33′
Waves carry us, away from our own shores and back again— a perpetual movement stirred by a sense of longing— longing to leave and longing to return. Cruz’s own roots and the roots of her practice are deeply embedded in Los Angeles, the place that raised her. Her photos feel churned by this relationship to home. In a recent exhibition, her blue landscapes surface sporadically next to intimate portraits as if offering the individuals a support, a place to lean against.
In the image something swims. If you try to meet Cruz’s work only from the hum of your mind you miss what is precious to the emotional body— impressions, physical sensations, memories. Her photos are less still than they are briefly moored. As you sit with them the underlying waves coalesce. Her portraits swell, as though each person were preparing to speak, reaching for words and feelings that have grown beyond themselves.
In a world that perpetually simmers with conflict, Cruz’s practice honors the belief in being surprised by life. This view is present in the moments her shutter closes over. These flashes within people, places and happenings that catch the light, provide subject and viewer with a quiet center. They are a place to breathe and feel into a future that is always calling back to us.
Amina Cruz has recently exhibited at Highways Performance Space, the Mistake Room, PSLA, Superchief Gallery, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson. Her work has been written about by SPIN and CULTURED. She received her MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles and BFA in Photography from Parsons School of Design.