“David Rohn kept his Art exhibit quietly, but I found it at the F.I.U. Museum.
His piece reminds me of what is occurring in L.A., Skid Row. The homeless situation has increased tremendously. A lot of those people are not mental health patients, nor drug addicts, but everyday individuals that once had a job, but lost their job, & they became the statistics of ONE CHECK AWAY FROM HOMELESSNESS. There are also a lot of Veterans that are homeless.
Conclusion, the system really is screwed up to have citizens of this country go through such deplorable conditions.” – Melikah Jazz
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.