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Tonal Distancing: Conversations of Race & Justice through Art



Event ID: 833 4770 5194


Date: June 15, 2020

Time: 6:00 pm -7:15 pm


Rosa Naday Garmendia:

Rosa Naday is a socially engaged, multidisciplinary artist who produces work at the nexus of contemporary art and activism. Her work is rooted in social issues, particularly the intersectionality of her identity as a woman, immigrant, and industrial worker. The driving impulse is her desire to use art as a tool to create discourse, challenge traditional views, and build understanding among people. She reflects on and analyzes norms and values in contemporary society. She focuses on projects that critically view the role of police, acts of racism, poverty, and military intervention abroad. She considers her artistic practice a daily act of resistance.

Garmendia was born in Havana, Cuba immigrated to the United States with her family at the age of eight. She studied at various universities and art institute’s: University of South Florida, Parsons School of Design, University of Miami, Vermont Studio Center, and the Fort Lauderdale Art Institute. She has participated in International Cultural Exchanges and exhibition programs in the United States and across the Caribbean with DVCAI.  Awards and residencies include;  Wavemaker Grant, Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant, Artist Access Grant, The Ellies Creator Award,  South Florida Cultural Consortium, Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator, Equal Justice Thematic International Residency, Vermont Studio Center, ProjectArt, and Art Center South Florida. She is a member of Common Field and the National Performance Network and Visual Arts Network, (NPN/VAN). She serves as an artist on the board of Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator (DVCAI).  Rosa Naday speaks English, Spanish and Haitian Kreyol. She is a teaching artist at the Perez Art Museum Miami since 2008.  Through the discourse of artistic practice, she continues to reaffirm her place in a larger community that transcends socially imposed geographical and ethnic borders.


Johnathon Williams:
Black and white. Poor with some rich friends and moving. Gay with time spent playing straight. A part city boy, part country kid. Christian and overly intellectual. Honestly, I’m mixed on all accounts. I was born in Denver Colorado as one of five boys (two sets of twins with one in between) to my mother and father.
I grew up with an amazing family that after my dad’s death would be separated by the drug war sending me and my twin to live in a coastal community in Southern Virginia with relatives. Those relatives would eventually pass me to a set of guardians and my twin would leave to go back home to my mother. I graduated high school with two years of college credit and an overachiever’s list of accolades, then went on to earn a full ride to The Colorado College and graduate with a degree in film and media studies.
Throughout my entire life, I have stood strong in my belief of justice and have worked to bring together marches, have crisscrossed the country from Standing Rock to the Democratic National convention, have called and knocked doors in elections, and have done the tough work of conversations about justice with frat boys and queer radicals alike.
I am a poet, writer, filmmaker, and storyteller. My greatest power is my words, and an ability to connect one life to another. I currently work as a full-time organizer with the Sunrise movement as the Mid-Atlantic Regional organizer responsible for guiding and empowering activist hubs in 5 states and the District of Columbia. When I’m not stressing about the ultimate fate of the world I’m flirting with men, indulging the best of mainstream pop culture, gossiping, on a road trip, or generally causing beautiful chaos with my friends.

Michael Elliott:

The Windrush Series wasn’t always something that I intended to do but something that came out of the news of the growing Windrush scandal that had gripped Britain in recent years. I’ve always been aware of the history of west Indians migrating and the social problems involved, but the Windrush scandal opened my eyes to the magnitude of the problem which prompted me in the summer of 2018 when I engaged in a residency program in Miami put on by Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator (DVCAI) and Warehouse 4726 where during the month of July I started cultivating ideas and creating pieces based on the Windrush saga. I carefully navigated the history of the Windrush, and what the migrants went through in Britain from its inception to recent years.

The First piece in the series that I called ‘Storm in a Teacup’ where I had used the image of the stern of the actual Windrush ship was the catalyst of the idea of using china tea ware throughout the body of work to follow, as this shape (ship) mimics a tea cup in its structure.

Each painting has its own flavor dealing with different aspects and even timeline of the Windrush migrants through the generations. Perhaps one of the strongest elements in the series are the tea bags which I have implemented in several of the pieces. The teabag to me represents the essence’ being strained from the black man until there’s nothing left to give, therefore making him useless. This can be seen in ‘Tilbury Undertow’ and ‘The Reusables’. In both instances I show the physical straining like bleeding and tears.

While constructing these paintings I also keep in mind the atmosphere and mood I want to create which in the series uses a dark palette with tea stained hughs. I use the presence of water in most of the pieces representing drowning or the sinking of truth that may one day resurface. In the series I’ve used the reoccurring symbol of HMT, Her Majesty’s Treasury which can be seen on the tea bags and cups also. The treasury department in the UK had been responsible for mandating the role of the Windrush vessel for its purpose.

Several themes have featured in the series, namely migration, race, protest, deportation and war. Pieces in the series of note that represent these themes are ‘Tilbury Undertow’, ‘Storm in a Teacup’, ‘The Drop’, ‘May Day’, ‘The Reusables’, Émpire’s Pot’ and ‘Baggage Claim’.

The Windrush Series for me as an artist is a clear indication that modern slavery and exploitation still takes place at a high level toward people of colour. The scandal is a descending symptom of the past and a reminder of how the Empire sees the black community today.


Carol-Anne McFarlane:

Carol-Anne McFarlane believes art is transformative. She believes in action towards social reconstruction and that self-examination leads to self–improvement and empowerment. McFarlane pairs her experiences with social critique to share her vision in challenging and reconstructing current social structures.

McFarlane’s work was in SELECT Art Fair in 2014 and in a segment of the Real Housewives of New York. McFarlane was a guest artist on ARTGirlTV in 2015. In 2016, McFarlane was on a panel discussion about art and sexuality at the Beaver exhibition in New York, and in the Intersectionality show at the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami. The Self-Reflection show in New York, lead to McFarlane being covered in the Huffington Post and Vice. October 2016, McFarlane was shown in the Outer Space show in London, UK. In 2017, McFarlane’s video piece was chosen as a part of the 2017 Jamaica Biennial. Coco Dolle included McFarlane’s work in the Milk and Night/Black Mirror: 13 Artists exhibition at SPRING/BREAK Art Show in Times Square in New Year early 2017. Art511 Magazine named McFarlane one of the Top Ten NYC Artists Now in January 2019.

Very G TV with Ghenete Wright-Muir interviewed Carol-Anne McFarlane in January 2019, for the show Queer Qonversations. McFarlane was interviewed on The Circle: Live, with Niki Lopez, a weekly series sharing stories about our creative community, activists & social entrepreneurs.

DVCAI Founder Rosie Gordon-Wallace invited McFarlane, to participate in an International Cultural Exchange with Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator in 2019 and 2020.

McFarlane spoke about the intersectional feminist ideas in her art at the Universities Art Association of Canada Conference in Quebec. McFarlane was born in Fort Lauderdale, to Jamaican parents. She attended the Atlanta College of Art and graduated with a BFA in Illustration. She was a Resident Artist at the Lauderhill Arts Center for 6 years.


Sage Crump:

Sage Crump is a culture strategist, artist and facilitator who expands and deepens the work of cultural workers, and arts organizations in social justice organizing. Based in New Orleans but working nationally, she believes in leveraging art, creative practice, and the cultural sector to transform systemic oppressions.  Sage is also member of Complex Movements, a Detroit-based artist collective whose interdisciplinary work supports local and translocal visionary organizing. Sage is principal and co-founder with artist muthi reed of The Kinfolks Effect (TKE) Studios. TKE studios is an incubation space for multimedia interdisciplinary artwork that examines the movement of Blackness through time and space. She is the Program Specialist at the National Performance Network and  holds the position of Chief Architect at the Emergent Strategies Ideation institute, a body that shapes the way movements think about and go about transforming the world we live in. Sage’s work incorporates complex sciences, emergent strategy and creative practice to imagine the world we want to live in and build strategies and practices that will get us there.




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Caribbean Crossroads 2017-2018

Jamilah Sabur, BFA, MFA : My Queen before you go Tell my horse. | Maggie Knox Gallery

10/03/2017 – 10/31/2017

Jamilah Sabur is a Cannonball 2017 Wave Runner awardee and local artist whose work references the colonial system in the Caribbean and the continued practice of the super-natural in the daily lives of working class folks. The hidden practice of the middle-class and the devout beliefs of the well to do. This installation is an experimental piece worked on with DVCAI in 2015-16 and will be exhibited in Miami and Jamaica. it responds to the dysfunctional global mechanisms that helped create the noxiuos breeding ground for Jamaica’s looming economic and environmental crisis. Performing as a traditional Obeah priestess, Sabur summons the spirit of Michael Manley, the former prime minister of Jamaica, is a globally recognized revolutionary figure, a leader in the fight against economic inequality across the developing Caribbean landscape. Sabur looks at the IMF practices and the World Bank’s roll in destabiliztion of Caribbean countries.

Jamilah Sabur, works has been featured at MOCA, MACLA and The Fort Lauderdale Museum and DVCAI. She is a 2006 Silver Knight winner. Her art has been noted in many publications New York Chronicle, The Miami Herald, Elisa Turner, The Miami Rail and Art Blogs. 

Gloria Rolando, Film maker. Breaking the Silence | “O” Cinema

11/03/2017 -11/04/2017 – 11/05/2017

Gloria Roland, born in Havana, Cuba began her film career as a film maker in 1976 when she graduated in Art History at the University of Havana.She has worked with the Cuban Film Institute (ICAIC) where she transitioned to film-making and started making documentaries and features. Her work focuses on the African Diaspora History and Culture in the Caribbean. Some of her best known films are Oggun: An Eternal Presenceabout Cuban Youuba singer Lazaro Ros.. She is the founding member of Imagines del Caribe, an independent film collective.

1912, Breaking the Silence | Three part documenary on the tragedy. In partnership with the Anthropology Department and Caribbean Graduate Studies, “O” Cinema and Latin American Campus at MDC. DVCAI will host the student Breakfast series with Gloria Rolando.

Rosa Naday Garmendia: Rituals of Commemoration Stone Mountain Gallery | Liberty City.

11/05/17 – 12/18/17

Curated by Peter Mintz, Space One Eleven & Rosie Gordon-Wallace.

Rosa Naday Garmendia is a socially engaged multi disciplinary artist whose work is rooted in social issues, who belives that creativity, activism and social change go hand in hand. Garmendia will have a residency in Alabama, in Sepember 2017, she will create a video project as well as build a wall on injustice. She is a finalist to the Sante Fe Residency, where she will explore issues of social injustice, policing, surveillance technologies, colonzation, power and immigration while embracing interdisciplinary and exploratory practices. She is a teaching artist at the Perez Art Museum Miami.

Co-sponored by the Miami Workers Center and Miami Dream Defenders.

Art Basel Betsy Hotel Salons

Dec 4-7

Erman Gonzalez and Sarah MK Moody | share the artworks created during one month residencies | DVCAI

Curated by Leslie Hammond and DVCAI.

Onajide Shabaka -Dirt Yuta suelo Udungo Te

01/16/18 –  3/27/18

“Dirt is not Dirt, only matter in the wrong place”. says Shabaka post Suriname residency in Moengo. Shabaka looks at his cultural practice through his DVCAI sponsored travels to Suriname (2016), San Miguel, Mexico ( 2014), Minnesota (2000) and the Everglades National Park (2016). He looks at African Atlantic and In digenous Mesoamerican diaspora. Shabaka belives Dirt is a sacred and secretive materialthat has been creatively implemented in a variety of contexts secretive. The exhibition is an opportunity to sew new seeds in the cultural mapping and memory of DIRT. Jide will document his work using photograpy and mixed media objects. His catalog on his reaserch will be completed and offered for sale on the website.

Nadine Natalie Hall, BFA, Edna Manley College | Bird Road Art Studio

4/16/2018 – 06/16/18.

Artist in Residence | Miami

Her installations will be created on site and will explore the concept of heirlooms. In DVCAI studio for two months. Natalie is a textile artist whose practice looks at the heirloom left to family members. She will create large images and install them | Artist’s talks. 

May | June | July — Last Sunday of each Month.

Caribbean Tea Series.

 5/28/18 / 6/25/18 /  7/30/18

Caribbean Tea Series | Not Just another Tea Party.

The Tea project encourages a new and young and diverse group of guests to think of themselves as supporters of contemporary art. DVCAI arranges Caribbean Tea in collaboration with artists talks around the ritual of Global Teas. Some will create engaging personalized works of art using tea stain as paint – from traditional to the very untraditional. Artists Keisha AbrahamsJulie Mansfield and Lauren Shapiro will share with us their unique rituals and relationships with tea.These teas attact 60 plus attendees and are extremely popular. Held in the past at PAMM, The Biltmore and Serendip~a~Tea.They become fundraisers creating a new base of supporters for DVCAI. This is a new fun model on how an institution can support it’s city artists in ways that is fun, distinctive and sustainable. 

Anna Meier, MFA / UM Sculpture

07/29/18 – 8/26/18 – 9/30/18

Food in Clay | Community Food Program

Anna will conduct her “potters for food ” project where she will exchange hand made pottery (cups) during the ritual of dinners. Dinners will be held in different communities in which Anna has worked during her MFA studies at UM. Liberty City; Little Haiti; North Dade. 

Sharon Norwood, MFA 

Root of the Matter X1, 2016

08/07/18 – 09/28/18

Sharon is an artist of Canadian & Jamaican ancestry whose work spans several media including painting and ceramic. Norwood attended the University of  South Florida where she obtained a BFA in painting. She has exhibited internationally in Canada, the United States and Jamaica. Juried into the Jamaica 2017 Biennial and the 2016 Atlanta Biennale and emerging artists recognition at the 2016 Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of Arts. Her body of work explores perception of race and identity via the politics of hair. Sharon is a 2018 MFA student at FSU.

Artist in Residence | Sheena Rose – August 2018

DVCAI & Fountainhead Studios