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From December 2 through 8, 2019, Faena will present its highly anticipated second annual Faena Festival during Miami Art Week. For this year’s festival, The Last Supper, a cadre of acclaimed international artists have been selected to create installations across mediums that explore the intersection
The Faena Festival will encompass the entire Faena District and extend into Miami Beach’s public spaces, waterways and beaches. These diverse venues will be activated alongside Faena Hotel’s theater and screening room, as well as the Faena Forum—the cultural centerpiece of Faena District. “Faena Festival exemplifies my vision to create a platform that supports artists to realize their dream projects, fosters new talents and new ideas that inspire me. I created the festival to be an incubator, a space for connectivity, pushing the limits and blurring the boundaries across artistic disciplines. I have always been fascinated by the way that art and spirituality have been historically intertwined and this year the second annual festival will engage with these concepts and connections in order to create new dialogues, narratives and experiences”, said Alan Faena.
Haitian artist Myrlande Constant has been called upon to create an intricately-beaded Vodou flag that will be hung in the Cathedral lobby of Faena Hotel. Her hand-sewn flags, imbued with dynamic iconography, are both an artwork and a religious object to which one might leave an offering or dedicate a prayer. Drawing on his own indigenous ancestry and using anthropological and theological imagery, Argentine artist Gabriel Chaile will create a six large-scale adobe sculptures in front of the hotel inspired by pre-Columbian totems, one of which will also function as an oven to bake bread. Chinese artist Zhang Huan will construct his installation Miami Buddha on Faena Beach featuring two Buddhas sitting face to face, one crafted from an aluminum mold, the other composed from incense ash collected from temples across China. When exposed to the elements, the artwork may crumble and disintegrate, serving as a meditation on the impermanence of life. Camille Henrot will be presenting her latest video installation Saturday in the Faena Forum, while Yael Bartana will be part of the open cinema film series which will take place on the beach and will include her film “Infero”. Nigerian artist Emeka Ogboh’s artwork will be will be creating a new beer commission for The Last Supper which will be informed by his connection to the city of Miami. “Art and spirituality have been linked forever—objects have always been made with intention and imbued with symbolism. We have often turned to the shared chant or shared meal for solace and healing, and the Festival invites us to break together” said Zoe Lukov, Chief Curator for Faena Art.
Faena Festival December 2 – 8. Faena District Miami Beach
All programs are free and open to the public
For more information, follow Faena Art on Instagram (@FaenaArt) or visit www.FaenaFestival.com
Miami Blooms During Art Week
The city is buzzing this month with Miami Art Week. Learn about Faena’a Festivals thought-provoking multi-disciplinary experiences and Zoe Lukov, Chief Curator for Faena Art’s top picks for the week.
Miami has a soul: at once glamourous and extravagant, yet real and approachable. Nowhere is the spirit of the city as fully vivisected and laid on display as during Art Basel, the cornerstone of Miami Art Week. Every December, the city comes alive with a vibrant collection of principal and satellite art fairs, showcasing artwork from thousands of leading and emerging contemporary artists, as well as who’s who parties, celebrity performances and VIP events. For a few heady days, Miami becomes the axis of the art world, with an open invitation to come and look—to target your gaze on what you can see, and to gaze back inward at how the experience transforms you. Faena renews its commitment to bringing accessible art to its milieu this year with hand-selected commissions, large-scale installations and artist-driven panels. Faena Festival’s boundary-breaking The Last Supper theme explores food as nourishment and symbolism. As Faena Festival coincides with Art Basel, expect the theme to direct a spotlight at the intersection of creativity and faith. Founder Alan Faena envisions art as something free and open to the public that is designed to “push limits and blur boundaries across artistic disciplines.”
Chief Curator at Faena Art, Zoe Lukov, shares her top picks for Miami Art Week.
Espacio 23: Check out Jorge Pérez’ new experimental art space on Northwest 23rd Street in Allapattah. The private museum housed in a 28,000-square-foot warehouse will launch early this month showing opening exhibition, Time for Change: Art and Social Unrest in the Jorge M. Pérez Collection, presenting upwards of 80 artworks hand-selected by Colombian curator Jose Roca.
Primary: The context and research driven curatorial collective in Little River is debuting Self-preservation (with or without applause) on December 2 through January 18, 2020. Spanning painting, photography, sculpture, video, and neon, the show functions much like self-aware vessels encapsulating portraits of the anxieties related to self-care, validation, time, defense, collectively, and self-preservation.
Rubell Family Collection: Don’t miss the Rubell Family Collection’s newest collection. Each year the foundation presents thematic exhibitions drawn from the collection with accompanying catalogs. In addition to displaying internationally established artists, the foundation actively acquires, exhibits and champions emerging artists working at the forefront of contemporary art.
Cubaocho Museum and Performing Art Center: Sup on one of the city’s best collections of rums and pick up a hand-rolled cigar at this unique art space in Little Havana. The free museum carries an extended collection of pre-revolutionary art works from masters of Cuban art dating from the 1800s to the 1960’s, and offers a noteworthy music program that gets people up and dancing.
Collins Park: Explore new art installations in front of the Bass Museum including Agustina Woodgate’s The Source and Graciela Hasper’s colorfully painted aluminum artwork entitled Intemperie.
Myrlande Constant “Rasanbleman soupe tout eskòt yo” (2019)
Installation view. Ph: Oriol Tarridas
Gabriel Chaile, “Renacimiento” (2019)
Installation view. Ph: Loló Bonfanti
Janine Antoni “Touch” (2002)
Installation view, Mobile Video Installation. Ph: Oriol Tarridas
Ana Mendieta: “Creek” (1974) and “Alma Silueta en Fuego” (1975)
Installation view, Mobile Video Installation. Ph: Oriol Tarridas