Thursday, May 2, 2013

International Cultural Arts Exchange 2013: Paramaribo, Suriname

Miami Bridge was this year’s theme for the Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator’s (DVCAI) annual International Cultural Arts Exchange. The initiative, that took place in Paramaribo, Suriname, in March, used painting, video installations, photograph, installations and performance, confirming Diaspora Vibe’s signature style and focus – the practice of cultural crossings.

In collaboration with artists and community organizations in Suriname, the works presented served as vehicles for interpretation of the Caribbean Diaspora social, political and cultural issues.

Sixteen South-Florida and Miami-Dade artists, of various disciplines, explored the recurring images and obsessive symbols or conceptualized representations of the Caribbean Diaspora, looking at the ideological apparatuses and using them as a way for re-interpretation of themselves, replicating and reacting to the social and political issues that motivate their personal concerns and artistic activisms throughout their careers.

Miami Dade County/South Florida participating artists included: Patricia Rolden, Jacquenette Arnette, Hugo Moro, Annette Lawrence, Sarah Krupp, Danny Ramirez, Rodney Jackson, Binary Kama, Erin Nutsugah, Aisha Tandive Bell, Carlos Alejandro, Melanie Choisy, Selina Roman, Nicole Wynter, Vanessa Greene, and Kerry Kennedy.

DVCAI collaborated with Readytex Gallery managing director Monique Nouhchaia Sookdewsing and artist Kurt Nahar, seeking to build a cultural bridge between Miami and the host community. 

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