“Land is a piece that is inspired on nature, the wisdom of the original tribes and the concrete that conforms our infrastructure to live: roads, buildings, homes. The wisdom that we have lost along the way is brought back from the excerpts from Chief Seattle’s letter to the government in the 1800’s. Native Americans as many indigenous groups, depend on nature to live, they respect and love the land, their origins and their roots. The concrete pavement makes our current civilization to detach from nature and on the way forget about what is essential. Can man manage to create a balance between nature and the concrete in order to survive?” – Barbara Bollini Roca
Maria Theresa Barbist and Elysa D. Batista are both locally based South Florida artists that collaborate as the BABA COLLECTIVE. They originally met at the Bakehouse Art Complex in Wynwood, FL during their individual artist residencies in 2016.
The idea of the BABA COLLECTIVE was born when in discussion of the diversity of artists that were found at the BAC, and other institutions in Miami, they realized the lack of archives providing the ability to access interviews of these individuals. Thus RCS: ROCKING CHAIRS SESSIONS was created. A publicly accessible forum where one could find individual recordings describing the professions, media, and life of South Florida based creatives.
Launching their collaborative endeavor in 2017, the BABA COLLECTIVE seeks to amass a window into the lives and process of SoFla based professionals in the arts.