The Miami Swampspace inaugurates the new AUTOCHTHONOUS-Toward a New Indigene exhibition, on display until April 19, 2019 in the Design District: a hymn to the indigenous tribes, holders of authentic spiritual knowledge, through which the ancestral aspects of character are revealed human in symbiosis with nature.
The AUTOCHTHONOUS-Toward a New Indigene exhibition was born with the intention of celebrating the birth of a new species, undermined by scientific terms, in a world redefined by the elimination of distances that generates confusion of identity on one hand and the union of cultures on the other. The aim of the exhibition is to preserve and enhance the indigenous, unique and unrepeatable cultures of North and South America with the intention of favoring their sharing with the people of the Western world so that everyone can see their value and beauty with the feeling of wonder.
A vibrant look through which some Miami artists have drawn on individual and collective memory to celebrate spiritual origins. Among them: Two Spirit Houson R. Cypress, poet, artist, environmental activist and Reverend of Miccosukee origin who with the Love the Everglades movement has become a cultural ambassador between his indigenous culture and the outside world. For the occasion, he celebrated an invocation to the spirits; the realist painter Reinier Gamboa who, in his figurative art draws on the myths and rituals of indigenous cultures of North American and South American Native Americans, in their natural environment; Carol Jazzar who through contemplation and self-reflection brings her human nature into harmony with external nature, making her art a bridge of interaction with others; David Rohn, performative artist who with the interpretation of roles explores the spheres of empathy and the construction of human compassion by invoking spiritual questions whose scope is equally eternal and immediate, superficial and profound. On display with a provocative work that plays with the Indigenous image alongside its image as Indigenous to emphasize its discrepancy; Nicole Salcedo and her practice, which includes the use of illustration to open spiritual paths that could heal the connection between man and nature, through ancestral mystical systems originating in the Judeo-Christian and Afro-Caribbean religion; Charo Oquet and his Art of Uncertainty, a practice that combines Afro-Caribbean folklore with participatory social practice; Marcus Blake, named Best Street Artist in 2016 by the Miami News Times and who, with his Tapenology, plastered the walls of Miami; Franky Cruz starting from the concept of butterfly as a spiritual messenger of nature, takes care of them throughout their life cycle, through which the butterfly becomes such passing from the state of chrysalis to butterfly releasing jets and sketches of meconium that Franz fixes on paper watercolor.
Guest of the evening Anne Marie Miller, on the board of directors of Indigenous Celebration, the non-profit company that works to preserve the Amazon rainforest and the wisdom of its people. On sale for the evening the artisan works of important indigenous tribes of the Amazon Forest: Manchineri, Apurina, Kulina Madhiá.