The Miami Museum of Contemporary Art of the African Diaspora or MoCAAD will host a celebration of African Diaspora Heritage this Summer with its exhibition, Reconstructing Identity: An Exploration of Identity and Diaspora Through Artistic Practice. The exhibit brings together painting, photography, sculpture, and drawings by contemporary artists of American, Haitian, Cuban, Dominican and Jamaican descent exploring issues around identity and sense of place. The exhibition begins Thursday, June 6 and runs through June 27th at the Historic Ward Rooming House, 249 NW 9th St, in Overtown.
“Miami MoCAAD is proud to showcase the creative talent of the African Diaspora on its journey to establish a premier contemporary art museum of global reach with local flavor,” said Hans Ottinot from the Miami MoCAAD.
The exhibition will be curated by Donnamarie Baptiste who has worked internationally with artists, creatives, and brands across disciplines and genres to bring large-scale exhibitions, special artist projects and events to life. With nearly 20 years of experience, Baptiste has held roles with organizations that include Art Basel, The Armory Show, Creative Time and Gen Art and produced high-profile live performances and projects for Performa, Absolut, Lexus, and Armani.
Miami MoCAAD’s series of pop up exhibitions and events with a vibrant showing of artists of the African diaspora is made possible with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.
“I am delighted that the Miami Museum of Contemporary Art of the African Diaspora, will celebrate the African Diaspora with the opening of its pop up exhibition. We as a community honor our diversity by recognizing and supporting the arts, including those which tell the stories of the people whose ancestors have ties to the African Diaspora. I am proud to highlight the importance and relevance of this upcoming summer celebration and encourage everyone to attend the pop-up exhibition,” said District 2 Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jean Monestime.
His counterpart District 3 Miami-Dade County Commission Chairwoman Audrey M. Edmonson also share her excitement about the exhibition.
“This is another example of how the Miami Museum of Contemporary Art of the African Diaspora, continues to bring relevant, impactful exhibitions to Miami-Dade County that explore life and identity through the unique cultural perspective of black artists,” said Edmonson.
The featured local artists include Christopher Carter, Kandy Lopez-Moreno, Duwane Coates, Sharon Norwood, Onajide Shabaka, Rhea Leonard, Adler Guerrier, Asser Saint Val, Morel Doucet, Franciso Maso, and T.Elliot Mansa.
Reconstructing Identity: An Exploration of Identity and Diaspora Through Artistic Practice” encompasses the work of artists connected by a shared interest in the interrogation of identity when the sense of place is ever changing.
Utilizing varying materials and techniques, the work tells multiple stories. Some may observe cultural differences in the experiences of those within the black & brown diasporas. Others may explore aesthetic, social, cultural, and political subjects that examine where identity and sense of place., thus allowing for a better understanding of the communities we inhabit.
As part of the growing conversation around art from artists of Africa and its diaspora, Reconstructing Identity examines different cultural identities, significant similarities, and important differences that make up varying definitions of blackness. Influenced heavily by environment, community, and history, identity is explored, deconstructed, and reconstructed.