ROSA NADAY GARMENDIA: Not So Far Away
Sat., Aug. 29 - Sun., Oct. 25, 2020
Sat., August 29, 2020 | 5 - 8 pm
Rosa Naday Garmendia: Not So Far Away remarks on the longstanding historical divisions between Cuba and the United States and is relevant to larger conversations about the shared experiences linked to the global dispersal of refugees and asylum-seekers, of erecting boundaries and border crossings, of voyaging and displacement, and the fault-lines and states of emergency – in a deeply divided world. Not So Far Away investigates the complexities of the immigrant experience while highlighting respect and resilience.
The work of Rosa Naday Garmendia is rooted in social issues and encourages reflection, interaction, and engagement. Inspired by an ongoing series of works started in 2014, the exhibition investigates and reflects upon ideas and experiences of displacement from culture, home, and family, human communication, belief systems, and notions of history. Her effort to develop an intercultural dialogue encompasses a range of themes including identity, migration, and colonialism. This particular project is unique as it discusses the intersectionality of her own identity as an immigrant from Cuba, the Caribbean, a woman, and an artist living in the United States.
Through documentary work, photography, hands-on activities, objects, and activism, this project engages the public by contextualizing the narratives and experiences of individual immigrants, the histories of separation, transplantation of memories, and cultural practices from one’s own home country. History is a multi-disciplinary approach of public and personal experiences created to open new ways of understanding. The artist questions: What is the social and political impact of multiculturalism within these parameters? How are identities, language, self-determination, borders, and beliefs shifted by the flow and movement of people?
Rosa Naday Garmendia was born in Havana, Cuba, and lives and works in Miami, Florida. She participated in the recent Havana Biennial where she led a community project in her family’s neighborhood of La Ceiba. Rosa Naday Garmendia also participated in the 2018 Florida Biennial at the Art and Culture Center/Hollywood and is currently included in “Inter I Sectionality: Diaspora Art from the Creole City” at the Corcoran School of Arts and Design, The George Washington University, Washington DC. She is the recipient of several awards and residencies including: the Artist Access Grant, South Florida Cultural Consortium, Ellies Creator Award, Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator, Equal Justice Thematic International Residency, Vermont Studio Center, ProjectArt, and Art Center South Florida. Rosa Naday Garmendia is a teaching artist at the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM).
The exhibition is supported by a grant from the Maurer Family Foundation.