Opening Reception for Inter | Sectionality: Diaspora Art from the Creole City will take place on November 14, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public. The evening’s MC, Miami Journalist and Blogger Kalyn James will greet the crowd and introduce a special performance by Aisha Tandiwe Bell.
Through contemporary art, scholarship, and the power of place, the curatorial team and the Corcoran have produced an exhibition that fearlessly challenges social justice issues while celebrating identities by bridging communities.
“The work goes well beyond traditional survey type exhibitions, and delves into complex, deep terrain of the trauma that is the inevitable result of a diaspora tradition,” said Sanjit Sethi, President, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and Exhibition Co-Curator. Miami, dubbed the Creole City, sits at the crossroads of the Americas and houses the hemisphere’s entangled identities; providing a lens into the broader politics of race, class, gender, and nationality in the global South.
DVCAI Collaborator Donette A. Francis, Ph.D., succinctly describes the concept of Miami’s intersectionality stating that “Miami is not just Latin, if by that term somehow it is also implied white, occidental, and modernist - it is also tribal, black and brown, indigenous, postmodernist, folkloric, colonial and postcolonial, traditional, ethnic, and hybrid. In its insistence that we always inhabit and account for multiple subject positions, intersectionality is always an unfinished project.”
The 17 countries represented in this exhibition include regions from South Africa, The Caribbean, Latin America, South America, and the United States.
The 25 visual artists, and two guest artists, will present poignant cultural programs that encompass life stories, memory, politics, myth, religion, and popular culture through painting, sculpture, photography, prints, drawings, video works, and installations.
Participating Artists: Moisés Aragón, Aisha Tandiwe Bell, Minia Biabiany, Christopher Carter, Katrina Coombs, Esperanza Cortés, Michael Elliott, Guy Gabon, Rosa Naday Garmendia, GeoVanna Gonzalez, Juan Erman Gonzalez, Kearra Amaya Gopee, Grettel Arrate Hechavarría, Caroline Holder, Izia Lee Lindsay, Anja Marais, Jared McGriff, Petrona Morrison, Kurt Nahar, Charo Oquet, Devora Perez, Evelyn Politzer, Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz, Juan Ernesto Requena, and Asser Saint-Val.
The exhibition’s guest artists at the George Washington University’s Corcoran School of the Arts and Design are Deborah Willis and Tyler Mitchell. Their artworks create a conversation about intergenerational artistic voices between this renowned professor and her acclaimed former student.
Deborah Willis, Ph.D. is chair of the Department of Photography and Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. Since 2006 she has co-organized thematic conferences exploring imaging the black body in the west. Her works in this exhibition are digital prints and two-channel video called Reflections on Joan Baez’s Civil War.
Tyler Mitchell is an Atlanta born photographer and filmmaker now based in Brooklyn, N.Y. In 2018 he made history as the first black photographer to shoot a cover of American Vogue. In 2019 one of Mitchell’s portraits of Beyoncé was acquired by the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. Mitchell will show photography pieces.