Miami is Not the Caribbean. Yet it Feels Like it, Oolite Arts, until 11 December
“Is Miami the Caribbean?” asks this show curated by Danny Baez. He was first approached to curate a show that featured Latinx artists, but he quickly pivoted when he considered whether that term truly resonated with what he was trying to say. “I didn’t want to be boxed into the Latinx spectrum, because I consider myself Caribbean,” he says. “I wanted to build something that reflects where I come from, and it has some kind of connection to Miami given the large number of immigrants from the Caribbean.”
The resulting exhibition includes work by nine artists, all of whom have roots in the Caribbean but are at present based either in Miami or New York. Works by the Miami artists Monica Sorelle, Amanda Linares and Mark Fleuridor mingle with those by the New York artists Destiny Belgrave, Kim Dacres, Jeffrey Meris, Na’Ye Perez, Bony Ramirez and Cyle Warner. Each artist draws material inspiration from their Caribbean roots, many in its lush colour palettes and landscapes, others in its sordid colonial history. N.M.