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.
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.
Join us to close Summer Jade Leavitt's Language is Leaving Me with an online screening of two short films by Maya Deren, Meshes of the Afternoon and At Land, followed by a conversation led by the artist and (F)empower, an organization of queer culture shifters creating a radical feminist awakening in Miami. Admission is a suggested donation to (F)empower's Community Bail Fund in an amount that is equitable and right for you.
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Join us on Zoom to close Christina Pettersson's exhibition, In the Pines, with an intimate Listening Party. Featuring a performance by the artist, music by beloved local bands Dracula and Donzii, ouija board readings, poetry readings, conversation, and more. Please wear black.
"How do we hear the dead? As the ancient world disappears, our need to commune with the past ever grows. Here in the valley of ashes bring your instruments, your weapons, your last stand, and rage against the dying of the light. Let us honor the pine forest almost gone now, and resurrect her to save our own souls." -Christina Pettersson
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