Piero Atchugarry Gallery, Miami, Florida – 2022
This exhibition debuted Karla Kantorovich’s 2021 Ellis Award project, presented by Oolite Arts and curated by Rina Gitlin. A play on words, Ámate refers to the imperative verb that means love yourself in Spanish, and Amate, which comes from Nahuatl amatl, a bark paper produced in Mexico since pre-Hispanic times. The exhibition featured an immersive art installation inspired by ancestral Mexican Amate paper-making techniques and traditions, alongside other handmade paper works using locally sourced recycled materials. The resulting piece was a meditation on healing through self-love.