Friday, November 4, 2011

HandMade Miami: The Fullness of Everything

 A call to artists and artisans for a multi & mixed-media exhibition

July - September 2012


In collaboration with Partners for Artisans, Diaspora Vibe Gallery will highlight work from Diaspora Caribbean artists working with media used by artisans within the region.

We will invite quilters, beaders and metal smith artists to have a dialog about content and imagery and the notion of agency with materials. One thing is true, that the dialog between "High Art and Low Art" will continue. 

How can we teach a broader understanding to the critic and notion of a Black aesthetic?

Low Lives 4: April 29, 2012

Low Lives 4
Various video artists from around the globe.

April 29, 2012

A screenshot from Katalena Hernandez's Low Lives 3 performance
Now entering its fourth year, Low Lives is an international exhibition of live performance-based works transmitted via the internet and projected in real time at multiple venues throughout the U.S. and around the world. Low Lives examines works that critically investigate, challenge, and extend the potential of performance practice presented live through online broadcasting networks. These networks provide a new alternative and efficient medium for presenting, viewing, and archiving performances. Low Lives is not simply about the presentation of performative gestures at a particular place and time but also about the transmission of these moments and what gets lost, conveyed, blurred, and reconfigured when utilizing this medium. Low Lives embraces works with a lo-fi aesthetic such as low pixel image and sound quality, contributing to a raw, DIY and sometimes voyeuristic quality in the transmission and reception of the work.

365 Art For Change is a new partnership exhibition space with Diaspora Vibe.

Diaspora Vibe @ AE District:
3852 N Miami Ave.
Miami, FL 33137

365 Art For Change,
4 N. Main Street
Southampton, NY 11968

Evoking a Caribbean

Evoking a Caribbean

April - June 2012

The Caribbean as an archipelago situated in the belly of the Americas. The region shares the five hundred year history of forced and voluntary migrations, settlements and emigrations, resulting in the ambivalent nature of what it means to be Caribbean. This body of work extends the common geographical use of the word Caribbean to its people – thus I am Caribbean.

More details, still to come.

Jamaica, Jamaica : International Cultural Exchange 2012

Living Sculpture 2

International Cultural Exchange – Jamaica
March 2012

Artists: Alejandro Contreras, Carlos Alejandro, Jean Chiang, Danny Ramirez, Jacquenette Arnette, Patricia Roldan, Rodney Jackson, Selina Roman, Teri Richardson, Carol Campbell

Artists from St. Maarten, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Aruba, Jamaica, Trinidad, Venezuela, Gambia, Curacao and the U.S. along with art historians, critics, art lawyers and curators explore contemporary Caribbean art practice. The International Cultural Exchange (ICE) involves artist talks, workshops, studio visits, and culminates in an exhibition at the Revolution Gallery. This year, artists will talk with artists about hyphenated existence, art production while living in the Diaspora, border communities, professional development opportunities, and document the process in Jamaica side by side Jamaican artists.

New Possessions, A Call to Artists in the Diaspora

Caribbean Artists in the US Call to Artists in the Diaspora
January - March 2012  

New Possessions celebrates the 50th anniversary of Jamaican Independence by exhibiting works of 50 contemporary Caribbean artists working in the United States. The exhibition focuses on works by artists that, although the celebration is for Jamaica, they have had a relationship with Jamaica either by attending school at Edna Manley College or that they exhibited in the country or with Diaspora Vibe Gallery within past 15 years. These Caribbean artists all choose to live and work outside of the islands. The exhibition’s aim is to offer an international audience a look at Caribbean art in the context of Nation building, recognizing the profound influence by the experience of Diaspora.

Art Basel Miami : "We the Artists"

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We The Artists
An exhibition bringing together local and foreign artists for this year's Art Basel Miami.
When: December 1 - 4, 2011

The name of this exhibition should have been “The Guessing Game”. Put your index finger on the Foreigner, because that is what I wanted this to be: the game for the viewer to identify who they think is the local and the foreign artist. Most likely the viewer will be surprised by what they realize their preconceived notions of what they think local and foreign art looks like. More and more Caribbean artists are reaching out to resources and developing a style of art that crosses borders of their island of birth and embraces current worldwide trends of art.

Miami is about racial and cultural mélange, discourse about that mix, and dissent and division too. I decided to create an exhibition that would mix Caribbean Artists with their contemporaries outside of Miami. My goal is to invite Diaspora Caribbean artists have a conversation with Caribbean artists living in the islands and in that conversation make breakthroughs intellectually, emotionally, creatively and spiritually.
From December 1 through 4, Miami Beach, Florida, will host the 10th edition of Art Basel Miami Beach, the most prestigious art show in the Americas. More than 260 leading galleries from North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa will take part, showcasing works by more than 2,000 artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. 
For more information on Art Basel Miami, visit their website here

Dis is wi Culture : DVCAI & Carnival at the Sun Life Stadium

"Dis is wi Culture"
Carnival at the Sun Life Stadium

When: October 9th, 2011 
Where: Sun Life Stadium

DVCAI presented a 300 member Barbadian band for Carnival. Important to Caribbean festival arts are the ancient African traditions of parading and moving in circles through villages in costumes and masks. Circling villages was believed to bring good fortune, to heal problems, and chill out angry relatives who had died and passed into the next world. Carnival traditions also borrow from the African tradition of putting together natural objects (bones, grasses, beads, shells, fabric) to create a piece of sculpture, a mask, or costume — with each object or combination of objects representing a certain idea or spiritual force. Feathers were frequently used by Africans in their motherland on masks and headdresses as a symbol of our ability as humans to rise above problems, pains, heartbreaks,or illness - to travel to another world to be reborn and to grow spiritually. Today, we see feathers used in many, many forms in creating carnival costumes. African dance and music traditions transformed the early carnival celebrations in the Americas, as African drum rhythms, large puppets, stick fighters, and stilt dancers began to make their appearances in the carnival festivities.