We had the good fortune of connecting with Amina Cruz and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Amina, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I don’t think I had a choice. I was a daydreamer as a child and still am. I would create different worlds for myself to live in. As a teen I was drawn to various subcultures. It’s an organic processes to now explore them through art. My work stems from a deep interest in investigating the areas between transformation and identity, 

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My creative practice centers Black and Brown creative embodiment My work is deeply personal and dives into the convergence of various POC culture and queerness. One of my goals is to fill the archive with images of queer joy, expand the understanding of Latinx identity and people that were othered throughout history.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
First stop breakfast at Nick’s Cafe. I love the counter seating and energy. We would go for a walk through the jewelry district. I know a building you can sneak into and climb up to the roof for a picnic. I would definitely have to take them to my favorite burrito and elote spots. A weekend trip to the desert would top it off.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Minor White, Graciela Iturbide, Ana Mendieta and Belkis Ayón are artists who’s creative practices and work blow me away. When I hit a block I tend to look to them for direction. I find anyone who stands in their truth inspiring.

Website: aminacruz.com
Instagram: amina.photo
Twitter: AminaCruzPhoto

Image Credits
All photos by me

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