Inter|Sectionality: Diaspora Art from the Creole City Comes to Miami

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MIAMI – Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator (DVCAI) opened its traveling exhibition Inter|Sectionality: Diaspora Art from the Creole City in the Miami Design District on Feb. 5, 2021.

Inter|Sectionality is a bold, multi-regional, multi-disciplinary exploration of the emergence of the “Creole City” as a local, regional and global phenomenon.

Internationally recognized curator Rosie Gordon-Wallace, president and chief curator of Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator, Inc. (DVCAI), designed this exhibition to provide a lens through which communities and community leaders internationally can begin to better understand themselves, their diversities and their unlimited possibilities.

The exhibition, which is free to the public, will be on view at Moore 200, 4040 N.E. Second Avenue, 2nd Floor, Miami, Florida 33137 from Feb. 5, 2021 to May 31, 2021. To accommodate visitors, the exhibition will be open from Monday-Saturday from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm, and Sunday from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

A small, socially-distanced opening reception for Inter|Sectionality: Diaspora Art from the Creole City took place on Feb. 5. For questions and appointments during operating hours, please call the gallery at (786) 306-0191. COVID-19 protocols are in place – visitors will pass through a temperature station and are required to wear masks at all times.

Celebrating DVCAI’s 25th anniversary, this exhibition marks DVCAI’s longevity and resiliency as Miami’s premiere Afro-Diasporic arts incubator, whose reach has supported collaborations, residencies, and exhibitions throughout the Caribbean and internationally since 1996. Organized locally, this traveling exhibition of 27 artists from 18 countries originated at the Corcoran School of Arts and Design at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. (November 2019-March 2020), and traveled to the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Art and Culture in Charlotte, N.C. (October 2020-January 2021).

Its third iteration in Miami, Florida was made possible through an invitation by Craig Robins, chief executive officer and president of Dacra and Claire Breukel, Dacra curator in the Miami Design District. The site comes full circle for DVCAI as two of its earliest gallery spaces were located in The District from 2000-2017.

A dedicated space within the exhibition is the DVCAI Inter|Sectionality Library, that presents the 25-year history of Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator through images, catalogs, and video documentation. Sponsored by the DVCAI Board of Directors, the space acts as a reading room and houses a virtual conversation hub for the DVCAI Caribbean Crossroads Series.

Inter|Sectionality: Diaspora Art from the Creole City is being presented at a time when Diaspora artists and voices are challenging social injustices, celebrating identities, and reactivating and bridging communities through contemporary art and scholarship. The complexities and diversities represented by this exhibit are emergent, and in many cases, ascendant, across the world.

Inter|Sectionality scholarship includes catalogue essays by Sanjit Sethi, Rosie Gordon-Wallace, Donette Francis, Ph.D., Alix Pierre, Ph.D., Erica Moiah James, Ph.D., Jafari Allen, Ph.D., and Patricia Saunders, Ph.D. The exhibition is grouped around themes that encompass the diaspora and “Creole City” life stories, memory, politics, myth, religion, and culture. The exhibition showcases the works of 27 artists from 18 countries that represent a broad spectrum of the African Diaspora.

Exhibiting artists include:

  • Moises Aragon (Cuba)
  • Aisha Tandiwe Bell (Jamaica)
  • Minia Biabiany (Guadeloupe)
  • Christopher Carter (United States)
  • Katrina Coombs (Jamaica)
  • Esperanza Cortes (Colombia | US)
  • Michael Elliott (Jamaica)
  • Guy Gabon (Guadeloupe)
  • Rosa Naday Garmendia (Cuba | US)
  • GeoVanna Gonzalez (US | Germany)
  • Juan Erman Gonzalez (Cuba | US)
  • Kearra Amaya Gopee (Trinidad & Tobago)
  • Grettel Arrate Hechavarria (Cuba)
  • Caroline Holder (Barbados | Canada)
  • Izia Lee Lindsay (Trinidad & Tobago)
  • Anja Marais (South Africa | US)
  • Claudio Marcotulli (Venezuela | Panama)
  • Jared McGriff (United States)
  • Petrona Morrison (Jamaica)
  • Kurt Nahar (Suriname)
  • Devora Perez (Nicaragua)
  • Evelyn Politzer (Uruguay)
  • Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz (Puerto Rico | US)
  • Juan Ernesto Requena (Venezuela | Panama)
  • Asser Saint-Val (Haiti | US)
  • Deborah Willis, Ph.D. (United States)
  • Stephanie J. Woods (United States)

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