“I create dance and action-based performances that embody the tension and relationship between the architecture of space and the body. The work is highly visual and stylized to invoke personal memory and subliminal context. My approach and process to making work is cinematic, creating storyboards and photographs to collect the threads that make up an underlying “story”. I often feel like I am uncovering the piece, as if it’s already been created, feeling my way through a dark room to discover it.
The work is moody and haunting with masked dancers and ethereal soundscapes meant to slow down time and space. I visit the site of the work and build a collage of all its various components. In linking all these separate parts, I create new stories and histories as they relate to specific locations.” – Ana Mendez
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.