You will only be able to view the works of renowned Haitian and African artists in a single location in Miami-Dade County and Miami Beach as part of Art Week this year. That locality is referred to as the city of Opa-locka.
Artists from around the world on display in Opalocka, Florida
Artists such as Franck Etienne and Philippe Dodard, two of the most well-known living contemporary artists in Haiti, are on display in Opa-locka, Florida.
Also on display are local artists such as Turgo Bastien and Carl Craig, as well as African artists such as Barthelemy Toguo, a Cameroonian who resides in Paris, Viyé Diba, a Senegalese artist who works with raw and recycled materials, and Abdoulaye Kon
In addition to the artists whose names were mentioned above, the exhibition of African art also features the works of Mickalene Thomas, who was born in New Jersey but grew up in Nigeria, and Florine Démosthène, who was born in the United States but grew up in Port-au-Prince.
Both of these artists were raised in different parts of Africa. These two artists are well-known for creating figures out of rhinestones that have the appearance of being ethereal and translucent.
How long has Dawoud Bey been creating art?
Philip Thomas, a painter from Jamaica who works with oil paint, bauxite, and other materials, and Dawoud Bey, a photographer from the Middle East who has been creating art since the 1980s, are both featured in the exhibition.
In the 1970s, he began to use his talent as a photographer to document the lives and stories of individuals who had been omitted from the history books. His subjects included Native Americans, African Americans, and other groups.
Tumelo Mosaka, who hails from South Africa, was in charge of putting on the event and making all of the preparations. Mosaka stated that he chose the works to present in order to begin a bigger dialogue “about what was going on between Africa and the diaspora.” He stated that this was his motivation for selecting the pieces to show.
He stated that they were attempting “to make a connection and also to make sense of things in general” in their research. Because we are a member of an African diaspora community, we wanted to show the people of Opa-locka that Africa is not just a continent of the past, but that it is also a continent of the present by bringing some of the most significant works to come out of the continent.
Opalocka to Participate in Miami Art Week for the First Time
Even though Mosaka and the city of Miami Beach have collaborated on previous occasions during Miami Art Week, this year marks the first time that Opa-locka is included as an official participant in the event.
For the past two decades, the city of Miami and Miami Beach have played host to some of the most renowned artists, curators, and art fans from across the world during the annual Miami Art Week.
Willie Logan, president and chief executive officer of the Opa-locka Community Development Corporation, which is sponsoring the exhibitions, acknowledged his organization’s excitement for the event.
The exhibitions are being hosted by the Opa-locka Community Development Corporation. Our audience has learned to anticipate viewing international content of this calibre, which we often provide.
Formerly involved in politics, Logan is now an art collector. He has huge aspirations to make Opalocka the go-to destination for people who share his passion for art and wants to share it with others.
What is the theme of this years Miami Art Week?
We believe that the arts have the potential to be an important factor in achieving financial success because “the arts represent a community’s system of values, the foundation of a people’s worldview, and how they see themselves and their place in the universe.”
During Miami Art Week, Mayor Veronica Williams was pleased to learn that Opalocka was collaborating with OLCDC, which will soon be known as the Ten North Group, to display modern and contemporary artwork originating from Africa and the African Diaspora.
This year’s edition of Art Week will be staged in the heart of the city designed in a Moorish style.
On Sunday, a massive block party with live music and other forms of entertainment will bring an end to the Art of Transformation festival, which took place over three blocks and lasted for four days.
What is the title of the book from which this excerpt was taken?
There are three distinct art displays that may be seen at the event: The Point in Time at Which We Find Ourselves:
The beauty of Africa and the Diaspora; the beauty of love; and the beauty of the future are the subjects of this book.
Jean Jacques Alexis, son of the renowned Haitian author Jacques Stephen Alexis, who would have turned 100 years old this year, was the one responsible for putting together the exhibit honouring Haiti’s cultural heritage.
In point of fact, Alexis’s open letter to humanity from 1957, titled “La Belle Amour Humaine,” served as the inspiration for A Beautiful Human Love. Lyonel Trouillot, a Haitian author, was motivated to write a book with the same name after the occurrence.
Haitian Painters Showcase Their Work at Le Pti Club
Jimmy J. Moise, who is a member of the Le P’ti Club, is in charge of the show, and he is receiving assistance from JANJAKII and Jimmy J. Moise. In addition, there are works by other Haitian painters.
Jean-Jacques All of the following people were present: Stephen Alexis, Fred Thomas, Claudine Exume, Carl Craig, Philippe Attie, and Elie Lescot.
The public is welcome to come view the exhibitions at no cost. They intend to accomplish this goal by reinventing and transforming some areas of the city, hosting pop-up street parties complete with musical performances, and establishing connections between Africa, Europe, and the Americas.
Chefs from Haiti are able to lead guests on a gastronomic journey across Africa at the recently rebuilt train station.
Exhibition of Artwork Provides Opportunity for Kids to Show Off Their Skills
To paraphrase Nakia Bowling, an individual who works with young people, “The exhibits don’t simply show off the artists; they also provide kids the opportunity to show off their artistic skills and have their work exhibited.”
an exhibition of artwork held in a tent Bowling acknowledged that all of the artwork is stunning; nevertheless, the pieces created by Haitian and Haitian American artists resounded most strongly with her. Prices varied from $5,500 to more than $18,000 for traditional Haitian paintings, acrylics and oils on canvas, mixed media pieces, and works influenced by the religion and culture of Vodou.
The African American Bowling stated, “Our culture has deep roots, and it is cherished.” It is evident from all of these factors.
It is evidence of the robustness of our people’s culture that they are willing to part with their possessions despite the risks (time, skills, and money). A robust culture can be found within the African-American population.