Linea Negra photographs in Embattled Bodies show @ Vinegar Projects Birmingham Alabama

“Double Consciousness Infinity Mirror (Catherina de Liberty City)” 2020 Chromogenic print on hahnmule beryta bamboo framed photograph & Oeil-de-boeuf mirror 36″x48″ Coralina Rodriguez Meyer

Vinegar Projects Gallery 701 37th St S #12 Birmingham, AL 35222

November 12, 2022 – January 7, 2023

curated by Karlota Contreras-Koterbay East Tennessee State University Slocumb Galleries art department director and board chair of Mid South Alliance of Sculpture.

Embattled Bodies: Displacement, Trauma, and Resistance

a guest exhibition by the Mid-South Sculpture Alliance curated by Karlota Contreras-Koterbay

Read about the exhibition in this BHMSTR article


Embattled Bodies: Displacement, Trauma, and Resistance, is a group exhibition of sculpture presented by the Mid-South Sculpture Alliance (MSA) curated by Karlota Contreras-Koterbay.

Featured Artists:

Francis Akosah
Tameca Cole
Brooke Day
Valerie Gilbert
April Knauber
Baggs McKelvey
Coralina Rodriguez Meyer
Nikii Richey
Suzanna Scott
Jess Self
Sarit Somasa

Juror Karlota Contreras-Koterbay is the Director of ETSU Slocumb Galleries and Board Director of the Mid-South Sculpture Alliance.


Statement from juror Karlota Contreras-Koterbay:

The theme for this exhibition is the Body, the governed, embattled, empowered bodies of resistance and agency. From Black Lives Matter to the aggressive assault on the Roe Vs. Wade decision or the rights for trans youth to receive care, our bodies are in a constant struggle for autonomy, equality, and self-representation. Through this exhibition, MSA and Stove Works employ the agency of art as a platform for visibility and discourse. Artists are encouraged to submit works that redefine, reinvestigate and recontextualize the body and its politics. The selection criteria favors diversity in media/perspective and innovation in a form that prompts critical dialogue, yet are inclusive, empowering, and serve as an embodiment of contemporary issues. 

The exhibition features three dimensional or installation artworks that portray the human body as forms of resistance, memory, experience, and history. Body as a form of resistance includes dissent, struggle, and pain, it is persistent and unbound. Body as memory, as physical manifestations of recollection, reflection, and remembering. Body as experience, as a resolution of the will and manifestations of the imagination, elaboration of life lived. Body as history, as anatomical documents, evidence of the past, and surfaces of record for battlegrounds of battles won and lost.

Embattled strives for self representation, and visibility including work resulting from reflective discourse, self gaze, and critical commentary that moves past the simplistic, voyeuristic tradition of the female nude. It celebrates the Body in all its complex forms, clothed, stripped, naked, battered, pampered, and all variances. The Body is portrayed for its overflowing potential as vessels of time, markers of place and repository of memory.


Mid-South Sculpture Alliance is a non-profit arts organization that advances the creation and awareness of sculpture and sculptors. MSA creates opportunities for its members through exhibition, education, and networking opportunities centered on traditional and contemporary approaches to sculpture. 

Exhibition dates: November 12, 2022 – January 7, 2023

Gallery hours: 10am–2pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and by appointment

 

Coralina Triptych solo show @ Colonial Cultural Heritage Center Miami 05.21.2022

“La fuerza del Chancletazo” is the central figure in Pedro’s interpretation of the Coralina Triptych installation at the Colonial Florida Cultural Heritage Center in the Allapattah neighborhood of Miami,FL. A solo exhibition featuring sculptures and photographs from artist Coralina Rodriguez Meyer’s Mama Spa Botanica project is on view along with 700+ years of pre and post colonial objects from the Americas in the heart of Miami’s Catholic archdioses. The exhibition and programs are on view from May 21 – June 10, 2022.

Coralina Triptych Installation

Colonial Florida Cultural Heritage Center

3225 NW 8th ave Allapattah Miami FL 33127

May 21 – June 10, 2022

Opening Reception May 27 5-8pm

Solo show exhibition of artist Coralina Rodriguez Meyer’s Mother Mold sculptures and Linea Negra photographs responding to the collection of pre and post Colonial objects from the Colonial Florida Cultural Heritage Center in the Alapattah neighborhood of Miami, FL adjacent to Miami’s Design District. The exhibition is curated by Ray Zamora, made possible with support from Chris Piña and the Corpus Christi Catholic church.

The process of creating the Coralina Triptych installation in the museum’s garden sanctuary involved casting in place the procreative effigy figures on pediments between a broken Moche pottery cross and a traditional Mother Maria statuary. The Mother Mold effigy figures are fertility sculptures created during a birthing justice workshop where the artist collaborates with reproductive health leaders, Q+BIPOC procreative people and their allies in the Mama Spa Botanica. Cast from a combination of pregnant bellies, helping hands and faces, the triptych includes a portrait of the artist combined with her neighbors (Catherina of Liberty City). The triptych installation is a culmination of accumulated refuse that the artist collected along the seashore in Miami beach with her daughter. 4 years of scowering the beach after hurricanes, tropical storms and moon tides, the artist heals the littoral litter into a Mother Mold cast including: dead coral, sponges, chancletas, palm husks, empty alcohol bottles, used condoms, palm stamens shells and straws. Among the refuse ingredients are “gifts from Yemaya” that were reclaimed after climate pulses. Intimate ephemera and environmental debris is up-cycled and formed into the Mother Mold by layering multiple pours of domestic construction materials including: floor resin, industrial adhesive, interior latex paint, landscape marking paint and spray paint.

Chiminigagua Oya Ogbun Thinker (Coralina Triptych)
2022 intimate ephemera, environmental waste, domestic construction materials 76 x 36 x 24 in

https://www.artworkarchive.com/profile/coralina-rodriguez-meyer/artwork/camino-umbligo-coralina-triptych


 

Mama Spa Botanica @ Lotus House 11.01.2022

Miami comedian Brittany Brave presents a series of healing Cat Call programs at Lotus House to honor Domestic Violence Awareness month. Workshops include yoga, portraiture, improv, poetry and painting. A Mama Spa Botanica on Tuesday November 1 2-4pm will offer an art workshop for families to combine critical resource mapping skills with painting and sculpture. Brittany is currently leading a fundraising campaign to contribute supplies and donations to the shelter in anticipation of the event series. If you are a current resident or alumni of Lotus Shelter or know someone who could use their services, please share information about the schedule of FREE events and sign up form.

Mama Spa Botanica @ Coppertone opening Greenspace Miami 11.10.2022

Coppertone exhibition at Greenspace Miami

November 10, 2022 to January 14, 2023

Opening Reception Thursday November 10 6-8pm

Greenspace Miami exhibition space 7200 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33138

Miami artists reinvent the iconic Coppertone Girl advertising billboard as a symbol of Miami for the 21st century, curated by Pamela Zee Lopez. In the 1950s, Coppertone unveiled its famous Miami billboard depicting a white, pig-tailed, blonde beach baby and her dog, which playfully tugged at her bikini bottom to expose a tan line. The Coppertone sign beckoned a specific and select type of tourist to Miami for fun in the sun. Mirroring many of Miami’s racist and xenophobic laws of that time, the sign stood tall above neighborhoods it did not represent, promoting a beach prohibited to many.

The history of the Coppertone sign, however, is storied and barrier-breaking. The artist, Joyce Ballentyne Brand, built her career in a pin-up art field dominated by men. She beat out male artists to design calendars, often using her own image as the model. Miami of today is a very different community than that of the 1950s. Societal and political evolutions have enabled inclusivity and empowered once-silenced voices.

Using this historic and universally recognized image, artists reimagine this prototypical figure The exhibition of works recognize societal impact of historic artwork, its relevance today, and to stimulate artistic expression.

About Green Space Miami: Green Space Miami is the Green Family Foundation’s community art space. Guided by the Foundation’s principles of inclusion, community empowerment and education, Green Space Miami centers historically marginalized stories at the intersections of lived experience, hosted in a space for dialogue. Green Space Miami’s mission is to be a catalyst for action around critical social issues, collaborating with community partners and educational institutions.

The Green Space Initiative Advisory Committee
Chad Bernstein, CEO and Co-founder, Guitars Over Guns Organization
Chana Budgazad Sheldon, Executive Director, Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) North Miami
Amy Galpin, Chief Curator, FIU Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum
Alma Leiva, Artist, Inaugural Green Space Initiative Awardee
Jodi Mailander Farrell, VP of Development, The Everglades Foundation
T. Eliott Mansa, Artist, Inaugural Green Space Initiative Awardee
Jairo Ontiveros, VP of Education and Community Engagement, Adrienne Arsht Center
Franklin Sirmans, Director, PAMM – Pérez Art Museum Miami
Mikhaile Solomon, Director, PRIZM Art Fair
DePaul Vera, Artist, Inaugural Green Space Initiative Awardee
Marie Vickles, Director of Education, PAMM, Curator-in-Residence, Little Haiti Cultural Center
 

The Green Space Miami Team
Kimberly Green, President, Green Family Foundation, Founder, Green Space Miami
Pamela ‘Zee’ Lopez, Program Director, Green Space Miami
Mireille Louis Charles, Executive Director, Green Family Foundation
Matt Argondizza, Preparator, Green Space Miami
Pedro Jermaine, Senior Artistic Advisor
Michelangelo Bendandi

Disclaimer: The “Coppertone Girl” and the Coppertone name, logo, and brand (collectively, the “Coppertone IP”), are not the intellectual property of Green Space Miami. Green Space Miami is not endorsed by the Coppertone company, or its affiliates and any statements, ideas, or opinions expressed herein are solely the statements, ideas, and opinions of Green Space Miami. This call to artists regarding the Coppertone sign is not meant to imply anything about the Coppertone company or line of products, nor its past or present management and ownership. This call to artists is only intended to recognize the societal impact of historic artwork, its relevance today, and to stimulate artistic expression. By submitting entries for our consideration, each artist acknowledges and agrees that (1) any reference to the Coppertone IP will be solely for artistic and non-commercial purposes; (2) if the submission includes any portion of the Coppertone IP, such inclusion will be minimal with respect to the overall work; (3) the overall submission will have additional and/or substantially different functions, purposes, features, or character than the original Coppertone IP; and (4) the submission will not contain any false or disparaging statements regarding the Coppertone IP, the Coppertone company, and/or its affiliates.

Stay up to date by following us on our social media platforms. You can find us on Facebook at “Green Space Miami” and on Instagram at @greenspacemiami.

Linea Negra photos @ NYU Tisch Gallery 10.3.2022

Home: Reimagining Interiority is curated by Dr. Joan Morgan and Dr. Deborah Willis and featuring works by 20 YoungArts award winners, Home: Reimagining Interiority at NYU Tisch opens to the public Monday October 3, 2022 5-8pm with a panel discussion 6-7pm. The exhibition will be free, open to the public until Monday December 19, 2022.

Black visual narratives have responded in significant ways to dynamic cultural, political, social, economic and intimate changes. Exploring topics from physical space to identity through photographic and text-based artwork created against the backdrop of a global pandemic, Home: Reimagining Interiority forces us to (re)interrogate previous conceptions of Blackness and home.

Exhibition Opening
October 3, 2022, 5-8 PM, Panel 6-7 PM

@ NYU Tisch Gallery 721 Broadway, Ground Floor, NYC

Gallery Hours
Monday-Friday, 9 AM-5 PM

Exhibition Dates 10/3 – 12/19/2022

Featured artists are Nina Osoria Ahmadi (2019 Visual Arts & U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts), Priscilla Aleman (2009 Visual Arts & U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts), Daveed Baptiste (2016 Photography & Visual Arts), Catherine Camargo (2017 Visual Arts), Eli Dreyfuss (2016 Photography), Glenn Espinosa (2016 Visual Arts), Phylicia Ghee (2006 Photography), Svet Jacqueline (2010 Photography), Carlos Hernandez (2019 Photography), Kayla Hunt (2018 Writing), Jessica Kim (2022 Writing), Ava Kinsey (2004 Writing & U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts), Dez Levier (2022 Writing), Zayira Ray (2018 Photography), Coralina Rodriguez Meyer (2000 Visual Arts), Ackeem Salmon (2016 Photography & 2017 Visual Arts), Saint Samuel (2022 Photography), Cornelius Tulloch (2016 Design Arts & Visual Arts & U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts), Triniti Wade (2018 Writing), and Nadia Wolff (2016 Design Arts & Visual Arts & U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts).

The Young Arts exhibition, Home: Reimagining Interiority, curated by Dr. Joan Morgan and Dr. Deborah Willis is currently on view in the Gulf and Western Gallery at Tisch until December 19, 2022. 

In 2021, while deeply in the grip of the isolating and lingering precarity produced by what was then a yearlong global pandemic, mass civil uprisings and the daunting economic insecurity faced by so many artists; Dr. Deborah Willis and Dr. Joan Morgan, found themselves searching for the “right” theme for the Center for Black Visual Culture’s (CBVC) programming.

“Home: What is it now?” allowed us to offer our academic, activist and artistic communities a place to ponder, to contemplate new questions about how this collision of unprecedented events changed the ways we define and interrogate blackness. Sadie Barnett, Tarana Burke, Julian Castro, The Louis Armstrong House Museum and Tyler Mitchell are some of the folks and cultural centers we’ve been fortunate enough to have join us in our musing.

We extended an invite to YoungArts award winners to join us in thinking through the changing frameworks of “home.” In doing so, we hoped to amplify the significant ways black and brown visual and textual narratives have responded to the dynamic cultural, political, social, economic and intimate changes of the current moment, while highlighting the direct, mandatory challenge their work poses to previous conceptions of diasporic blackness, home, gender, sexuality and identity. The result is this powerful exhibition, Home: Reimagining Interiority. Taken together, these 20 artists and their visual and written texts demonstrate the concerted power of creative will, unabated by the extreme pressures of extended periods of lockdown and isolation. 

Home: Reimagining Interiority is made possible with support from Miami Downtown Development Authority. We also thank the generous donors who have contributed $40,000 or more to YoungArts programming as we celebrate YoungArts’ 40th anniversary, including Aon; Micky and Madeleine Arison Family Foundation; Sarah Arison & Thomas Wilhelm; Jill Baufman & Daniel Nir; Carnival Foundation; Tracey Corwin; Jeffrey Davis & Michael Miller; David Dechman & Michel Mercure; Natalie Diggins & Oren Michels; Givenchy; Agnes Gund; Hearst Foundations; Michi & Charles Jigarjian / 7G Foundation; John S. and James L. Knight Foundation;  Leslie & Jason Kraus; Ashley Longshore; Steven & Oxana Marks; Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; Northern Trust Bank; The Jorge M. Pérez Family Foundation; Prada; Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP; State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture; Sidney and Florence Stern Family Foundation; Sandra & Tony Tamer; Bruce & Ellie Taub; Truist Wealth; and UBS Financial Services, Inc.

 
About the Curators:

Dr. Deborah Willis – As an artist, author and curator Deb Willis’s art and pioneering research has focused on cultural histories envisioning the Black body, women and gender. She is a celebrated photographer, acclaimed historian of photography, MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellow, and University Professor and Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. Willis received the NAACP Image Award in 2014 for her co-authored book Envisioning Emancipation: Black Americans and the End of Slavery (with Barbara Krauthamer) and in 2015 for the documentary Through a Lens Darkly, inspired by her book Reflections in Black: A History of Black Photographers 1840 to the Present. Other book and exhibitions projects include Posing Beauty in African American Culture and The Black Civil War Soldier: A Visual History of Conflict and Citizenship.

Dr. Joan Morgan is the Program Director of the Center for Black Visual Culture at New York University. She is an award-winning cultural critic, feminist author, Grammy nominated songwriter and a pioneering hip-hop journalist. Morgan coined the term “hip-hop feminism” in 1999, when she published the groundbreaking book, When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost: A Hip-Hop Feminist Breaks it Down, which is taught at universities globally. Regarded internationally as an expert on the topics of hip-hop, race and gender, Morgan has made numerous television, radio and film appearances—among them HBO Max, Netflix, Lifetime, MTV, BET, VH-1, CNN, WBAI’s The Spin and MSNBC. She has written for numerous publications including Vibe, Essence, Ms.British Vogue and The New York Times.
 

Dr. Morgan has been a Visiting Scholar at The New School, Vanderbilt and Duke Universities and a Visiting Assistant Professor at the School of Cultural Analysis at NYU. She was a Visiting Lecturer at Stanford University’s Institute for the Diversity of the Arts where she was awarded the prestigious Dr. St. Clair Drake Teaching Award. She is the first Visiting Scholar to ever receive it. Dr. Morgan is a mentor for Unlock Her Potential and serves on the Board of Trustees for YoungArts. She is currently working on a screenplay adaptation of her first book, which has been optioned for screen rights. Jamaican born and South Bronx bred, Dr. Morgan is a proud native New Yorker.

Coralina speaking on The Power of Inclusive Programming @ AAMG conference 06.14.2022

The Power of Inclusive Programming @ AAMG Sustainability Now! 2022 conference

Sustainability Now! 2022 conference for the Association of Academic Museums & Galleries presents The Power of Inclusive Programming, a panel of artist/activists engaging in critical discussions about representation and action, hosted by Lynette Zimmerman and Kean University.

Artists and activists share their experiences using inclusive practices in their artistry in a panel session, The Power of Inclusive Programming. Using art as a platform for change, improving equity, through the lens of sustainability, has the ability to build a culture of democracy at the micro-level. Incorporating inclusion into the curation and programming practice of museum and gallery curators empowers persons to embrace differences and engage with one another.

Cisely Breeden, Sir Moore, Jazzlyn Ortega, Daryl Stewart and Lynette Zimmerman join hundreds of in person attendees in Utah for a gathering at the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art at Utah State University.

Kean University Galleries centers art as an impactful vehicle for social change by building awareness of critical global issues. Kean University serves one of the largest hispanic student bodies in the US and was awarded the Most Innovative university 2022 by US News.

Speakers:
Cisely Breeden
Director of Guest Experience and Operations, Kean University

Sir Moore
Artivist, Moore Than A Photo

Jazzlyn Ortega
Cinematographer and Filmmaker, Self

Coralina Rodriguez Meyer
Artist and Professor of Architecture and Urban Design, Florida International University

Daryl Stewart
Award-winning Actor, Director, Producer and Educator, Daryl Stewart Productions

Lynette Zimmerman
Executive Director, Liberty Hall Academic Center and Galleries, Kean University

Artist Initiative Grant awarded to Mama Spa Botanica by Greenspace Miami 9.21.2022

GSM’s Green Space Initiative will grant $5,000 each to ten (10) artists in recognition of work that advocates for the principles of inclusion, community empowerment, and education.

Miami Dade Artists reimagine an iconic Miami billboard as a new Coppertone Girl.

What if you could reinvent an iconic symbol of Miami for the 21st century? In the 1950s, Coppertone unveiled its famous Miami billboard depicting a white, pig-tailed, blonde beach baby and her dog, which playfully tugged at her bikini bottom to expose a tan line. The Coppertone sign beckoned a specific and select type of tourist to Miami for fun in the sun. Mirroring many of Miami’s racist and xenophobic laws of that time, the sign stood tall above neighborhoods it did not represent, promoting a beach prohibited to many.

The history of the Coppertone sign, however, is storied and barrier-breaking. The artist, Joyce Ballentyne Brand, built her career in a pin-up art field dominated by men. She beat out male artists to design calendars, often using her own image as the model. Miami of today is a very different community than that of the 1950s. Societal and political evolutions have enabled inclusivity and empowered once-silenced voices.

Using this historic and universally recognized image, how would YOU reimagine this prototypical figure? What and who would this sign represent for you, in your voice and visual language? What or who would replace the young girl and her dog? What message would you send in public artwork that conveys history and societal impact? This call to artists and the exhibition of the works of the selected artists is only intended to recognize the societal impact of historic artwork, its relevance today, and to stimulate artistic expression.

About Green Space Miami: Green Space Miami is the Green Family Foundation’s community art space. Guided by the Foundation’s principles of inclusion, community empowerment and education, Green Space Miami centers historically marginalized stories at the intersections of lived experience, hosted in a space for dialogue. Green Space Miami’s mission is to be a catalyst for action around critical social issues, collaborating with community partners and educational institutions.

Stay up to date by following us on our social media platforms. You can find us on Facebook at “Green Space Miami” and on Instagram at @greenspacemiami.

The Green Space Initiative Advisory Committee
Chad Bernstein, CEO and Co-founder, Guitars Over Guns Organization
Chana Budgazad Sheldon, Executive Director, Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) North Miami
Amy Galpin, Chief Curator, FIU Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum
Alma Leiva, Artist, Inaugural Green Space Initiative Awardee
Jodi Mailander Farrell, VP of Development, The Everglades Foundation
T. Eliott Mansa, Artist, Inaugural Green Space Initiative Awardee
Jairo Ontiveros, VP of Education and Community Engagement, Adrienne Arsht Center
Franklin Sirmans, Director, PAMM – Pérez Art Museum Miami
Mikhaile Solomon, Director, PRIZM Art Fair
DePaul Vera, Artist, Inaugural Green Space Initiative Awardee
Marie Vickles, Director of Education, PAMM, Curator-in-Residence, Little Haiti Cultural Center

The Green Space Miami Team
Kimberly Green, President, Green Family Foundation, Founder, Green Space Miami
Pamela ‘Zee’ Lopez, Program Director, Green Space Miami
Mireille Louis Charles, Executive Director, Green Family Foundation
Matt Argondizza, Preparator, Green Space Miami
Pedro Jermaine, Senior Artistic Advisor
Michelangelo Bendandi

Green Space Miami is grateful for the support of
David Everett Marko, Founding Partner at Marko & Magolnick, P.A.
Davide Proietti, Associate at Marko & Magolnick, P.A.

Femilia Artist Open @ Gowanus Open Studios 10.15-10.16.2022

Coralina Rodriguez Meyer Artist Open Studio as part of Gowanus Open Studios at Local Office Landscape Architecture & Art Studio Brooklyn

Sat Oct 15 12 – 6pm & Sun Oct 16 12 – 6pm

@ LOLA 200 10th Street, 4th FL Brooklyn, NY 11215

F G R trains to 4th Ave & 9th Street Gowanus Brooklyn

RSVP on Eventbrite FREE

Join us for a weekend of floral libations & fertile liberation as our collective urban design masterplans & intimate resistance strategies resonate across geospatial and temporal boundaries in this combined open studio of sculptures, moving images, workshops & landscape architecture global projects. Art, music, plants, potions & plants will be served to celebrate the autumnal shift from external environmental labor to internal reflection in anticipation of the upcoming Dia de los Muertos. Free and open to all ages.

Artist Coralina Rodriguez Meyer will be showing works in progress including sculptures made from collaborative figure casts, domestic construction materials, intimate ephemera and environmental waste and moving images from her Mama Spa Botanica project spanning over a decade of collaborations with reproductive justice leaders, BIPOC procreative people and their biological or biographical families.

Local Office Landscape Architecture & urban design studio will be featuring large scale environmental interventions ranging from Rockaway Beach resilient masterplans both built and imagined, a regenerative retreat in Costa Rica centering indigenous craft traditions & a sonic streetscape park in Miami’s Coconut Grove neighborhood among other works in progress.

https://www.artsgowanus.org/art-events/2022/7/5/gowanus-open-studios-2022

Home:Reimagining Interiority show in Miami New Times 7.27.2022

Home: Reimagining Interiority Exhibit Opening at YoungArts Campus on April 7, 2022 in Miami, Florida Photo by Jason Koerner courtesy of Young Arts

Young Arts Exhibition Co-Curated with NYU Explores Black Visual Narratives

ARTBURST MIAMI JULY 27, 2022 9:00AM

https://www.miaminewtimes.com/arts/best-things-to-do-in-miami-this-weekend-september-16-18-2022-15248704

A man and a woman walk together on a dirt path. He leads the way with a determined gait, balancing several items on his head.

The woman is carrying items too. On top of her crown sits a wrapped bundle. She trails behind as a child straddles her hip.

The scene is from Mozambique and is presented by lens-based artist Glenn Espinosa.

It is a common sight from a place that he calls home.

“That particular body of work came from street photography,” Espinosa says. “It is the magic of the ordinary.”

His series Patria Amada (Beloved Fatherland) is part of an exhibit entitled “Home: Reimagining Interiority,” which features the work of 20 YoungArts winners who explore Black visual narratives.

It will be on view through Monday, August 1, at the YoungArts Gallery (2100 Biscayne Blvd., Miami).

Luisa Múnera, associate curator at YoungArts, says the exhibition came out of a collaboration with New York University’s Institute of African American Affairs.

Cultural critic and feminist author Dr. Joan Morgan and Dr. Deborah Willis, an artist, photographer, and curator, are directors at the institute and signed on to spearhead the event.

“‘Home: Reimagining Interiority’ was an idea that both co-curators, Dr. Joan Morgan and Dr. Deborah Willis, had been investigating at NYU,” explains Múnera. “While working with researchers at the Center for Black Visual Culture, they began exploring this idea of home and how it has been changing because of the pandemic. They also asked artists and scholars to think about what home means to them.”

Múnera says that launching the exhibit together was a perfect match.

“When I asked them if they would be interested in co-curating the show, they immediately said, ‘You know, we’re investigating this topic at the university level, but it would be really interesting to prompt the artists at YoungArts that are of a different generation and who maybe look at home in a different way.’ And so it’s wonderful to see lens-based artists and writers come together and show their work around home through different mediums,” says Múnera.

Viewers of the exhibit will see the work of Priscilla Aleman, Phylicia Ghee, Cornelius Tulloch, Catherine Camargo, Carlos Hernandez, and Jessica Kim, among others.

Eli Dreyfuss’ piece, entitled A Piece of Me, tackles the theme of home through a discussion of patriotism. In it, stars and stripes serve as a backdrop for the image of a young man who is posing on his birthday. His eyes are closed, perhaps deep in thought.

“What I found unique about that portrait was the fact that he was at peace with himself in that very moment,” says Dreyfuss. “Despite all the chaos in the world, he’s just standing there in my studio.” The piece is just one example of Dreyfuss’ ability to capture the souls of his subjects as he pulls their essence through his camera lens. “I call myself a creative storyteller with the ultimate goal to connect with other people,” he says.

It is through this connection that the work ultimately evolved into something else — something that, for him, was as equally as poignant.

“Two months later, during the Black Lives Matter protests, I felt very affected,” says Dreyfuss. “It moved me to do something, to make a statement. Obviously, with COVID, I couldn’t go out and shoot any pictures of people. That photo stood out the most because the whole world was in shambles, and he’s standing there looking at me through my screen. So, I decided to blend it with the American flag,” explains Dreyfuss. “It was at that point in the world when everyone had questions about freedom. And you had to ask yourself, ‘What does freedom mean?’ I wanted to showcase the beauty of that peaceful moment because there’s that juxtaposition with the chaos.”

Following the Miami showing, the pieces are scheduled to move on to the Department of Photography and Imaging at Tisch Gallery at New York University. There, it will be on view through the fall semester.

This will be the first time a YoungArts exhibit will travel to New York. Múnera hopes that it will open the door to future opportunities.

“Thinking big picture, we would love to be able to partner with educational institutions or other galleries in New York, Miami, or Los Angeles to take on shows that we have produced here. So that is something that we are hoping to expand within our exhibition program, but [we] feel quite lucky that “Home: Reimagining Interiority” will be the one to make that first round.”

Testimonies on how young artists view their individualized concepts of home are what make the exhibition so captivating, according to Múnera.

“There is a lot of power in their storytelling,” she says. “I think these young artists have their finger on the pulse of what is going on and how people speak about certain things. So, in that, I think that this exhibition really highlights the difficulty that everybody was experiencing during the pandemic. In that sense, I think that it reaches many audiences and their individual stories are also quite beautiful.”

“Home: Reimagining Interiority.” On view by appointment through Monday, August 1, at YoungArts Gallery, 2100 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; youngarts.org. Admission is free.

South Arts awards Coralina Artist Opportunity Grant 06.21.2022

SOUTH ARTS AWARDS $491,391 IN GRANTS TO ARTISTS AND ORGANIZATIONS

South Arts announces the most recent grant recipients for three of our programs — Presentation Grants, Individual Artist Career Opportunity Grants, and In These Mountains: Project Grants. With these awards, South Arts has invested $491,391 in the arts and culture of our region with funds going to artists, organizations, and communities across Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

Meet the 12 Individual Artist Career Opportunity Grant Awardees, Receiving a Total of $20,000

South Arts recognizes that an invitation to participate in a major, milestone opportunity is not always enough. Even with stipends or payments, overall expenses can make such an opportunity inaccessible. In order to ensure that artists from our region can take full advantage of major opportunities, South Arts offers Individual Artist Career Opportunity Grants.

The Individual Artist Career Opportunity Grants support a milestone opportunity in an individual artist’s career that is likely to lead to substantial and significant career advancement. Grants of up to $2,000 are supporting opportunities taking place between July 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023.

The latest Individual Artist Career Opportunity Grants recipients are:

Artist Coralina Rodriguez Meyer received a grant to produce architectural photographs in preparation for an upcoming exhibition. YoungArts, the national foundation for the advancement of artists, is featuring the Linea Negra photographs in “Home: Reimagining Interiority”, an exhibition exploring ways Black visual narratives respond to the cultural, political, social, economic and intimate changes that force us to (re)interrogate conceptions of home at NYU Tisch Gallery.

LOCATION

Miami, Florida

MEDIUM

Visual Arts

YEAR OF AWARD

2022

GRANT OR FELLOWSHIP

Individual Artist Career Opportunity Grants

GRANT AMOUNT

$1,500