the entangled wanderer: thoughts from afar

Undoing ingrained racial and sexual mythologies
within feminist communities requires…
[becoming] fluent in each other’s histories,…
seeking unlikely coalitions…and clarifying the
meaning of its dialogue. What are the conditions,
the knowledges, and the attitudes that make a
noncolonised dialogue possible?

Chandra Talpade Mohanty, “Feminism Without Borders: Decolonizing Theory, Practicing Solidarity,” Duke University Press, 2003.

Text by Patricia M. Hernandez

Wanderers, brings together a group of artists who are no longer exclusively based in Miami or South Florida at large. Some have moved away permanently. Some have uncemented futures. Others still check in from time to time or keep a home away from home here.

Sitting between the Caribbean and the US, Miami is a city of multiple international narratives and unlikely coalitions of people. Miami is subjugated by histories that excludes the very nature of our identities as African Americans, Caribeños, Caucasians, Latinos, women, men, and queers. Also, it is important to acknowledge the very land we sit on is not our own, it once belonged to the indigenous peoples of Florida before they encountered Europeans.

Miami presents an endlessly growing amalgamation of neoliberal skylines with utter disregard to the ecological nightmare of rising waters, depleted wetlands, and the seemingly inevitable threat of climate change and political dislocations. To the uninitiated Miami can be a dauntingly transient, liminal and disorienting city entangled with a future built for investments, inclusive of some privileged voices, while excluding and erasing many others.

Like many outlier cities, it is often a place where artists stop in, experiment free from scrutiny, build their careers but eventually leave. Given Miami’s lack of job sector industries outside of real estate, tourism and wealth culture many artists in Miami find that there is limited viability to sustain themselves here. Others often leave to art world hub cities for their prestigious educational programs with their faculties of established artists. Some simply find better opportunities to branch out to other cities. Whatever their reasons, Wanderers provides an opportunity to catch up with or remember our extended art community friends and peers who have stepped away from Miami and South Florida.

Wanderers includes artists we know and love: Cristine Brache, Nicole Burko, Alejandro Cardenas, Naomi Fisher, Matt Lifson, Hugo Montoya, Jonathan Peck, Manny Prieres and Carlos Rigau. As part of her participation, curator Patricia M. Hernandez provided the short text above reflecting on a quote from postcolonial and feminist theorist Chandra Talpade Mohanty’s book “Feminism Without Borders: Decolonizing Theory, Practicing.”

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