Two Powerful Shows Electrify Miami’s New Season of Art at the Frost Art Museum Florida International University
REVEALING CURRENT NATIONAL ISSUES – CIVIL RIGHTS, AGEISM, HUMAN RIGHTS, PROTECTING OUR NATURAL RESOURCES, WATER CRISIS
Jesse T. Dugan & Vanessa Fabbre: To Survive this Shore
(On view through April 28) — One of the definitions of ageism is “to regard older persons as unworthy of attention.”
These photos and interviews reveal how our culture lacks representation of older adults who are transgender and gender non-conforming.
Dugan and Fabbre traveled from coast to coast, across the U.S. to document these life stories. Due to the recent news about efforts to ban transgender Americans from serving in the military, and the terribly disproportionate levels of violence committed against transgender people, this exhibition is timely and powerful (learn more about the artist here).
LaToya Ruby Frazier: Flint is Family
(On view through April 14) — The photographer and MacArthur Fellow, LaToya Ruby Frazier, explores the Flint water crisis and the tragic and heartbreaking effects on families and residents.
As a witness to their daily lives, Frazier documented how they endured one of the most devastating man-made ecological crises in U.S. history.
For five months, she lived with women from three generations – the poet Shea Cobb, Shea’s mother, Renée Cobb, and her daughter, Zion.
Frazier uses the camera as a weapon and agent for social change (read more about the artist here).
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“Villages preserve culture: dress, food and dance are a few examples. As villages grow in population and turn into towns, local cafes make way for large American chains. Handmade leather sandals are discarded for a pair of Western sneakers.
Due to its small size, a village fosters a tight-knit sense of community. Justpeace.org explains the meaning of the African proverb, “It takes a village,” by stating that a sense of community is critical to maintaining a healthy society.
Village members hold a wealth of information regarding their heritage: they know about the ancient traditions, methods of production and the resources of the land. When villages become dispersed or exterminated in times of war, this anthropological knowledge disappears.
Large cities are not as conducive to growing and producing foods such as fruits and vegetables. Villages, on the other hand, usually have ample amounts of land and other resources necessary for growing conditions.” The Importance of Villages by Catherine Capozzi
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