“Tamara Despujols, a multimedia artist and architect, women’s rights and social activist, aims to merge both life and art in a most peculiar way, by viewing the interconnection between our bodies and the places we inhabit through the complex thread of thought that conceptually strings together all her works. Fearlessly, she transforms her ideas and critiques of contemporary life into thought-provoking visual and architectural objects that represent her take on art and life, recalling Allan Kaprow’s concept of “art as an experience”.
A major concern in her work is the increasing detachment between humans and nature, and how this progressive shift in emphasis from nature to human can be traced to a consequence of power, capital control, productivity, the implementation of a gender driven, patriarchal division of labor, and the public space.
To an important degree, the aesthetic and conceptual choices that Despujols takes when producing her work revolve and include participation by the spectator. She seeks to alter the lives of people, through subtle and not so subtle means, by pushing forward and making her viewers somehow shift in their perception of art and life itself. Whether you eat a banana from the ever-ripening pile, swim in the waters of a pink beach inlet in Miami or walk through a street that has been erased by mirrors, art is, for Despujols, always a part of life, a part of our city, our body, embedded and immersed within everything around it, making it impossible for your life not to be impacted, even modified, by your own actions. She intends to grasp it all quickly and throw her reflections right back at the viewers/participants of her works.” – Amalia Caputo, Artist/Art Historian
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.