Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Rocking Chair Sessions #76-100 Exhibit

RCS #76-100 Exhibit
by BABA Collective
Opening Reception: May 4, 6-10pm Closing: May 24, 2019

Swampspace Gallery presents RCS #76-100 Exhibit, a multimedia exhibition featuring participants of the Rocking Chair Sessions podcasts series curated by BABA Collective. The exhibit is a compilation of tangible visual artworks and ephemeral audio recordings of reflections, recollection, meditation and memory. RCS audio archive podcasts provide a glimpse at the understanding of artists awareness, actions and motives that presently define our creative community in South Florida.

Participating Artists: Amanda Bradley, Anthony Spinello, Belaxis Buil, Carrie Sieh, David Gary Lloyd, Elaine Defibaugh, Eurydice, Gabriela Garcia D’Alta, Ian Fichman, Jordana Pomeroy, Juan Henrique, Kerry Phillips, Lucinda Linderman, Marina Gonella, Mark Diamond, Michelle Weinberg, Myung Nam An, Nick Gilmore, Nick Mahshie, Nicole Salcedo, Oliver Sanchez, Reginald O’Neal, Sharif Slimting, Stephanie Jaffe and Valeria Yamamoto.

BABA Collective was founded in 2017 by Elysa D. Batista and Maria Theresa Barbist to establish Rocking Chair Sessions. RCS aims to engage in casual dialog with local artists and cultural producers in South Florida. RCS documents personal narratives and anecdotal stories of the creative process as oral history. Housed in the Bakehouse Artist Complex, RCS is a valuable contributor to the global burgeoning genre of audio interviews and grassroots anthropology. RCS is housed in the Bakehouse Artist Complex.
https://soundcloud.com/rockingchairsessions

RCS is supported by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.

Special thanks to Stephanie Ansin and Spencer Steward, Debi and Jeff Weschler, Craig Robins - MDDA.


Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Autochthonous - Towards a New Indigene



Toward a New Indigene - AUTOCHTHONOUS 

OPENING Reception: April 5th 6-10pm - Closing: April 19th 

As global destinations become more accessible and the psychic distance between us shrinks, we enter the realm of the autochthonous. In scientific terms most things are classified as animal, mineral, or vegetable. Those labels of the material world fall short in the understanding of who we are as totalities in space and time. Toward a New Indigene-AUTOCHTHONOUS celebrates a world re-defined by cultural coalescence and a blurring of identity. 
This exhibition aims to distinguish splendid indigeneity from intellectual confines of the canonical west. We move towards a new indigene where indigence is banished to a conspicuous linguistic asylum. We celebrate diversity of craft and character so that all may comprehend the culture of orality of first nations. 
Hypothesizing the mysterious contents of the metaphysical world, autochthonous pride arises from a declaration of ones presence. We adapt new forms with our collective muscle memory to celebrate all spiritual origins; from the without of another earth. Who would deny that we are more than the sum of our parts. 
Featuring works by Marcus Blake, Charo Oquet, Houston Cypress, Reinier Gamboa, Carol Jazzar, David Rohn, Nicole Salcedo, Franky Cruz and surprise performance TBA. 
Special Guest: Anne Marie Miller brings to us treasures from Indigenous Celebration, a non-profit organization empowering indigenous communities on tribal lands of Rio Gregorio in Brazil. With a shared mission to preserve the Amazon rainforest and the wisdom of its people, we are honored to showcase wearable crafts and beaded creations from the Yawanawa tribe of Brazil. 

Special Thanks to our Sponsors: Stephanie Ansin and Spencer Stewart, Miami Design District Associates.





Tuesday, January 15, 2019

C L A I R E


SWAMPSPACE Gallery
3940 NORTH MIAMI AVENUE
MIAMI, FL 33127

JANUARY 18, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION OPENS in the Miami Design District.
CLAIRE by SARAH MOODY 

Opening Reception: February 16th 5-10pm
Closing: February 24, 2019

“A sibling can be seen as someone who is both ourselves and very much not ourselves -- a special kind of double.” Tony Morrison

Erie, PA --- Swampspace and Maggie Knox are pleased to announce the opening of CLAIRE, an exhibition of portraits made over twenty years by Sarah Moody, with a book release of The Power of CLAIRE. The exhibition will feature twenty-four framed photographs and hardbound books for sale.

The photographs are of Moody’s sister, Claire, beginning in childhood until Claire’s death in 2016. Claire was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare cancer starting in the bone, in 2012. She fought a courageous battle, being treated in Miami, Florida, Erie, Pennsylvania and New York, New York. The images were all taken with film and are candid and posed, straight on with eye contact. Sarah comments about the work:

“Our close relationship created an environment that fostered comfort ability and love, rare to find between photographer and muse. This gave me the opportunity to document her in intense, joyful, and later excruciating realness. Claire’s infectious personality allowed her to express herself and her life so deeply, and so fully. Lucky me to have her as a subject.” 

The Power of CLAIRE is a 158-page color hardbound book chronicling a worldwide tribute to Claire by friends and family beginning a couple days after she passed on August 11, 2016. The first ‘CLAIRE’ was made on Miami Beach, written in flowers in seven-foot letters on the sand. The video sharing the creation and gathering of friends was shared on social media, creating a viral outpouring of love of friends and family sending their own tribute. 


CLAIRE will be included in IIIPoints Festival’s Activation Program (February 15-17), with a sponsored opening reception on Saturday, February 16, 2019 from 5-8 pm.

Sarah Margaret Knox Moody (b. 1988, Chicago, IL) is a photographer, artist, and curator based in Erie, Pennsylvania. Her work is process based, rooted in familial history and connecting with others.  Moody received her BFA in Photography from Parsons School of Design and BA in Literature and Writing from Eugene Lang both of The New School University in 2011. 

Swampspace is an established artist run exhibition space founded and directed by native artist Oliver Sanchez in the Miami Design District.

Special Thanks: Craig Robins, Stephanie Ansin and Spencer Steward.


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