Spinello Projects and Fordistas are proud to present the second installment of The Annex Miami, an experimental, non-commercial arts space dedicated to offering a safe space for promising up-and-coming Miami-based curators and artists. Focusing on underrepresented and underserved communities, The Annex provides a platform and resources to realize thought-provoking experiences through art. RCS 51-75 Exhibit is a multimedia group show featuring participants of Rocking Chair Sessions podcasts 51-75, curated by BABA Collective. The Exhibition runs through March 29, 2019.

Established in 2017, BABA Collective, comprised of Elysa D. Batista and Maria Theresa Barbist, have engaged in dialog within our Miami art community; inquiring artists and cultural producers about their personal narratives and creative processes. The conversations have been archived as online podcasts – RCS: Rocking Chair Sessions. Joining the global burgeoning club of audio interviews, BABA Collective is keeping it local and grassroots by interviewing peers only from South Florida inside the modest sized Studio #14 at the Bakehouse Art Complex with the aim to build bridges via South Florida’s oral history and multifaceted creative practices

This show is a celebration of both visual artwork and audio collected, presenting a tapestry of works by 25 artists and cultural producers focusing on histories:

– Histories of immigration
– Histories of the body
– Histories of material
– Histories of our environment
– Histories of South Florida

And embodies how those histories are then processed and used as the impetus into creative outlets such as photography, performance, printmaking, painting, video, sculpture, and curation. The archives of sessions in themselves becoming a part of a living oral history. Not one history is the same, but they all collide and coexist here… in present South Florida, whose surface, environment, and individuals have also been changing the past couple of years. How do you capture history? It all begins in the now… with the telling of a story. This exhibit opens up to the community to see, hear, and witness a part of that history.

Participating Artists: Alette Simmons Jimenez, Judith Berk King, Roxana Barba, David Rohn, Sri Prabha, Amalia Caputo, Anja Marais Art Studio, Gianna Riccardi, Jacqueline Gopie, Morel Doucet, Scott Brennan, Ana Mendez, Brookhart Jonquil, Kerry McLaney, Kiki Valdes, Jill Deupi, Maria Lino, Sarah Michelle Rupert, Sterling Rook, Yuneikys Villalonga, Regina Jestrow, Sandra Ramos, Pedro Wazzan, Tamara Despujols, Mike Rivamonte

RCS: Rocking Chair Sessions — 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 Chair 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.

Donate: BABA Collective is raising money to match a Community grant that was awarded from the Miami Dade Departement of Cultural Affairs for future exhibitions.


The Annex program is a partnership of Spinello Projects and Fordistas.

Spinello Projects is a Miami-based contemporary art program founded in 2005. It is a gallery, creative space, and an innovative platform for nomadic site-specific and curatorial projects.

Fordistas is a platform for emerging arts and culture focused on nurturing and elevating homegrown talent. We are artists, writers, filmmakers and creators. We are the outliers. We believe in disrupting the flow and actively affecting culture. We believe in celebrating and equalizing art. We believe in backing projects that make us think past our own beliefs. We are #Fordistas.

RCS is supported by the @Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.

The Annex
Gesamtkunstwerk Building
2930 NW 7th Avenue
Miami, FL 33127