Artwork of Transformation 2023 Introduced for Miami Artwork Week

OPA-LOCKA – Ten North Group is happy to announce Artwork of Transformation: AFRICA GLOBAL, the 2023 conceptual framework exhibiting the range of African Diasporic communities and their assorted experiences, happening throughout Artwork Basel Miami Seaside 2023 and Miami Artwork Week 2023. This annual program is designed to discover points in African and African Diaspora modern artwork and brings artists of African descent from around the globe to Miami in a collection of exhibitions, panel discussions, performances and movie screenings.

Ten North Group presents AFRICA GLOBAL in Opa-locka from December 3 by means of December 10, 2023. The humanities competition within the architecturally distinct metropolis of Opa-locka will supply six exhibitions. This consists of works from Puerto Rican artists, a sculpture pavilion, and a ebook set up resisting the erasure of Black literature. Plus, works from Ten North Group’s in depth assortment of artwork from Africa, the Caribbean, and the Diaspora.

Programming Occasions

Programming occasions embody:

  • Afro-Cuban dance efficiency by the Ife-Ile Dance Firm (Dec. 3)
  • “Panorama Noir,” a dialog on how the humanities can be utilized as a catalyst to remodel beforehand forgotten communities (Dec. 4)
  • “Efficiency & Voguing Workshop” with Afro-Caribbean artist Edrimael Delgado Reyes (Dec. 8)

The headline occasion that includes a panel dialogue led by curator Tumelo Mosaka, adopted by a movie screening by artist Marrero Sanchez on grief, id, colonialism and gender (Dec. 9).

“We’re thrilled to announce our participation on this yr’s Artwork Basel Miami Seaside,” says Dr. Willie Logan, the President and CEO of Ten North Group. “Artwork of Transformation strengthens our dedication to catalyze significant dialogue inside our neighborhood and globally whereas establishing our Metropolis as a world-class vacation spot to expertise artwork of the African Diaspora. Our purpose is to encourage, empower, and educate South Florida’s numerous communities and to show our guests to the distinctive creative expertise that exists in Africa and the African Diaspora.”


Art of Transformation 2023 Adama Delphine Fawud
Adama Delphine Fawud
Fragmented Worlds / Coherent Lives (on view Dec. 6 – Feb. 28)

Curator: Tumelo Mosaka (South Africa)

Location: The Artwork & Recreation Middle (ARC), 675 Ali Baba Ave, Opa-locka, FL 33054

Fragmented Worlds / Coherent Lives is an exhibition drawing on ideas knowledgeable by fragmentation, mobility, and adaptation. Borrowing its title from Pnina Motzafi-Haller’s ebook by the identical identify, artists on this exhibition current a number of narratives drawing on reminiscence, historical past, and lived expertise to precise methods identities turn out to be fragmented and typically contradictory.

Working between concrete and unconscious concepts, artists weave coherent narratives that problem representations of Africa right now.

Cartographies of Displacement / Cartografías del Desplazamiento (on view Dec. 6 – 10)

Curators: Helen Ceballos & Abdiel D. Segarra Ríos (Puerto Rico)

Location: The Pavilion, 650 Ali Baba Ave., Opa-locka, FL 33054

Cartographies of Displacement brings collectively the work of Puerto Rican artists who, by means of their respective practices, replicate on what’s produced within the junctures that displacement provokes. The exhibition feedback on the experiences that accumulate within the on a regular basis—the methods by which we dwell and negotiate with the forces that displace us, the adjustments that endure the panorama—politically and infrastructurally inside and outdoors the town— and the methods by which we conceive geography throughout the archipelago and within the diaspora, bodily and temporally.

Alongside these observations on the setting, the curatorial work displays on the manufacturing of subjectivities and the questioning of hegemonic identities —particular person and collective—and on how this has repercussions on the articulation of historic narratives and the fitting to recollect.

Backyard of Humanity (on view Dec 6 – June 30)

Curator: James Brazil (Australia)

Location: The VFW Lot, 757 Ali Baba Ave., Opa-locka, FL 33054

The sculpture pavilion presents two new large-scale sculptural acquisitions by the Ten North Group in a lushly designed backyard:

1. Yemaya

Ten North Group is happy to unveil the most recent work by modern artist Juan Roberto Diago Durruthy “Diago” (Cuba), a six-foot bronze sculpture titled Yemaya, after the goddess of the dwelling ocean, the mom of all. Yemaya can be exhibited in dialogue with the spirits that accompanied African peoples in the course of the crossing of the Atlantic Ocean referred to as the Center Passage.

2. The Cedar Males

Sculptor and performer Jems Robert Koko Bi (Côte d’Ivoire), whose work mixes avant-gardist influences and the artist’s African historical past, has created 5 six-foot-tall works that are sculpted from a single cedar trunk weighing half a ton every. The Cedar Males tells the historical past of humanity by means of the earth’s first inhabitants in Africa because the works provoke a dialog with the forces of nature, the ancestors, the homeland, and the exile.

New Acquisitions: The Ségou Assortment (I’ve Identified Rivers) (on view Dec. 6 – 10)

Curator: Professor Abdoulaye Konaté (Mali)

Location: The Harm Constructing, 490 Opa-locka Blvd., Opa-locka, FL 33054

The exhibition is a cartography of how continental African artists create in-situ modes of intervention in response to points that beset their continent by offering counter-narratives of radical autonomy past the rehashed tacit necessity of the place of artwork in society. I’ve Identified Rivers is an homage to the poem ”The Negro Speaks of Rivers” by Langston Hughes, first revealed in The Disaster in June 1921, however most significantly, for the 57th anniversary of his studying it on the First World Pageant of Black Arts in Dakar, Senegal, in 1966.

The Ségou Artwork assortment that Ten North Group acquired in 2022 contains works by African artist finalists for the Ségou Artwork Truthful choice on the banks of the legendary African Niger River. The Niger River echoes the Mississippi in a name and reply resonating throughout the Atlantic Ocean.

Required Studying: Artwork in Public Locations (on view Dec. 6 – 10)

Location: The Airspace Round The Artwork & Recreation Middle (ARC), 675 Ali Baba Ave, Opa-locka,
FL 33054

As data produced by African and African Diaspora intellectuals and artists is being debated, legislated, and litigated, Required Studying requires a return to reminiscence land the place what “they” ban turns into required. This Artwork in Public Locations exhibition appropriates a plurality of works by African and African Diaspora writers and artists as a mirrored image of polyvocality and decentering of data in a time of a legislative building of ignorance and new cartographies of energy and exclusion.