Kurt Nahar participates in ‘Eleven Voices’, Deering Estate, Miami

What: Eleven Voices, curated by Rosie Gordon-Wallace of DVCAI (Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator) (on Facebook) and Kim Yantis (The Deering Estate). Exhibited South African artists include: Nicholas Hlobo, Anton Kannemeyer, Anja Marais, Judith Mason, Claudette Schreuders, and Rowan Smith. Featured local and international artists include: Gerard Caliste, Rondell Crier, Deming King Harriman, Aaron Hill, Carol Jaime, Barry Ledoux, Groana Melendez, Rosa Naday Garmendia, Kurt Nahar, Jose Pacheco Silva, Rontherin Ratliff, Antonious Roberts, and Duhirwe Rushameza.

When: October 8 through November 26,

Where: The Deering Estate, Miami, USA

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Eleven Voices is an exhibit that aims to incite a conversation about cultural struggle, memory and identity among contemporary artists. Co-curators Rosie Gordon-Wallace (Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator) and Kim Yantis (The Deering Estate) select works that reflect thematic inspirations from South African art and culture.

Eleven Voices features the works of emerging and renowned South African and international artists, many of which are on special loan from the collections of Diaspora Vibe (DVCAI), the Petra Mason Collection of South African Art, and Kathryn and Dan Mikesell of the Fountainhead Residency and are on view in Miami for the first time.

Exhibited South African artists include: Nicholas Hlobo, Anton Kannemeyer, Anja Marais, Judith Mason, Claudette Schreuders, and Rowan Smith. Featured local and international artists include: Gerard Caliste, Rondell Crier, Deming King Harriman, Aaron Hill, Carol Jaime, Barry Ledoux, Groana Melendez, Rosa Naday Garmendia, Kurt Nahar, Jose Pacheco Silva, Rontherin Ratliff, Antonious Roberts, and Duhirwe Rushameza.

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Installed in the Stone House Wine Cellar, “Rituals of Commemoration” by Rosa Naday Garmendia ties into the ‘Eleven Voices’ exhibit theme of cultural struggle, memory and identity by paying tribute to victims of violence from 1972 through the present. Like acclaimed South African photographer Zanele Muholi, Rosa Naday Garmendia considers herself a visual activist with intent to unify a grief-stricken community. “I seek to engage a diverse audience, by highlighting and creating a safe space for the viewer to explore, wonder, be provoked, interpret, or find purpose and meaning in the issues our nation faces.” Rosa Naday Garmendia is a Cuban-American, Miami-based multidisciplinary artist exhibiting with Diaspora Vibe Gallery. Her work was recently featured in the exhibition Intersectionality at Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), North Miami.

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Claudette Schreuders is a South African sculptor whose carved and painted wooden figures reflect the search for an ‘African’ identity in the post-apartheid era. Her sculpture is rooted in both Africa and Europe and she derives her inspiration from traditional Blolo and Colon figures of West Africa, medieval church sculpture, Spanish portraiture, and Egyptian woodcarving. Three lithographs on display in the Stone House second floor are on loan from the Petra Mason Collection of South African Art. Printed in a remotely located Mpumalanga, South Africa studio, Schreuders’ lithographs document her sculptures The Three Sisters. Many works in the Petra Mason Collection are available for sale during this special exhibition.
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