For four weeks, 25 young artists from high schools across Miami-Dade County will be invited to work with established contemporary artists in a dynamic online program to learn about the practical and creative aspects of mounting a public exhibition on a highly visible exterior space near Locust Projects' gallery in the Miami's Design District.
A new site-specific installation by Christina Pettersson at Locust Projects, In the Pines transforms the Project Room into a cemetery populated by early South Florida people and local figures unknown to most current residents. A lasting impression of the collective past, cemeteries are perfectly designed to contemplate the past's narrative and act as a memorial. Surrounded by drawings inspired by local sites, visitors will be able to create grave rubbings from handmade tombstones and view a video of the artist's travels through historic areas. The installation celebrates South Florida's history by mourning what has been lost while also taking back the cemetery for the living, strengthening our sense of community by honoring the dead and exploring their forgotten history. The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of public activations.
Language is Leaving Me is a new multimedia installation by artist Summer Jade Leavitt that confronts histories and untold truths lost due to institutional and patriarchal silencing and erasure.
Inspired by queer bar culture, the project transforms Locust Projects’ Screening Room into a fantastical, dream-like, night-club-esque environment that utilizes karaoke videos and found footage, repurposing ready-made texts and transforming their language into a powerful narrative about memory, bodies, invisibility, trauma, love, and community. A dentist chair, associated with being unable to speak, an invasion of space, and something put in or removed from the mouth, instead acts as a stage and a place to locate one’s voice and participate in a reclamation of voice and autonomy. Surrounded by karaoke videos and lyrics, and lit with a spotlight, the chair becomes a symbol of welcoming and invites the viewer to sing along, creating a participatory experience for non-judgmental, carefree performance and allowing participants to be audience members and creators. Aiming to juxtapose power dynamics between spaces of freedom and those where there the body is voiceless, the work finds language as a tool and invites viewers to share a sense of power, autonomy, and joy.
Join Locust Projects’ LegalARTLink Director Allyn Ginns Ayers on Wednesday, July 22 for a virtual webinar about Governor DeSantis' last-minute extension of Executive Order 20-94, which currently suspends residential evictions through August 1, 2020. She’ll be answering the following questions and more: what are tenants' obligations during the moratorium? Can a landlord post a 3-day notice? What happens if an eviction case is filed? How will evictions proceed once the moratorium is ended?
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LAB Mentor Meet and Greet welcomes members and leaders in the arts community, including professional artists, teachers, and other creative professionals. Visitors receive an exclusive sneak peek of the exhibition in progress, and are able to have an intimate meet and greet with the student artists. The event serves as an opportunity for the students to network and learn more about arts careers while becoming more comfortable speaking about their work and developing confidence in displaying their work to the public.
View the resulting project from this year's LAB, a four week online collaboration by twenty-five selected teens.
Their massive-scale photo mural is a collaborative collage presented on the highly visible exterior space adjacent to Locust Projects' gallery in the Miami's Design District! Everyone will be able to view safely 24/7 for approximately two weeks.
Celebrating its 10th Anniversary year, LAB encourages students to develop ideas and work collaboratively. This unique, hands-on program invites creative teens to widen their perspectives, connect with peers and established arts professionals, learn about creative careers, build their portfolio, and gain the behind-the-scenes experience of producing a collaborative project from scratch.
We are BY APPOINTMENT ONLY, following CDC health and safety guidelines and local government mandates including required face-coverings, increased sanitization, and social distancing measures.
Appointments available Wed-Sat, 11AM-5PM. Schedule your appointment here!
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