Dr. Carol Damian
A former director of the Frost Art Museum and chairperson of FIU's Department of Art and Art History, Dr. Damian is a strong fixture in Miami's arts community, and a nationally recognized art historian. She is a graduate of Wheaton College in Norton, Mass., and received her M.A. in Pre-Columbian Art and her Ph.D. in Latin American History from the University of Miami. A specialist in Latin American and Caribbean art, she teaches classes in Pre-Columbian, Colonial, Spanish and Contemporary Latin American Art, Modern Art surveys, and Women in Art.
Internationally renowned photographer Niloufar Banisadr from Galerie 55Bellechasse will be participating in our Invisible Woman Exhibition.
ALEX DEL CANTO
My work explores intimate views into a local community. Still images describe the way individuals occupy space. My understanding of these spaces translates into anecdotal images that relate to the themes of home, familiarity and vulnerability. These works are part of an ongoing project photographing specific groups of people in her community.
I have few treasured memories of my grandmother, Thalia. My parents separated, and my mother took my brother and me on a long journey south away from New England in search of warm sunlight and blue sky. Distance takes a toll on relationships and families, but of the few moments I shared with Thalia, it was having a cup of tea. Thalia believed in the fortune the leaves would reveal. I was careful not to swallow the remnants of leaves, anxious for her interpretation which changed with every cup. Thalia was a formidable story teller always seeing the beauty in the potential of the future. I think of her readings when I look at the sheets then make the bed anew for the next day.
"My work is about the layers of life and art history, seeking in it a connection between art aesthetics and social consciousness. American sensibilities have influenced my life, the hues of my country found in the colors of my art. I like to bring an awareness of new directions and individual inventiveness. The evolution of technology has always paralleled my work throughout its development. From the original copy machine to today’s iPad, the influence of electronics permeates my process. Through life experience, I incorporate visual, emotional, and psychological impressions and feed them into my art."
- Sheila Elias
This suite of photographs takes for granted the very point that needs to be developed and sustained, and so fails to address the issue properly. Instead the work attempts to call into question the fine line between dreams and memory; fact and fiction; joy and despair; rupture and reconstruction and the dance between life and death.
I open my eyes in the morning and see something to photograph. I probably don’t make that picture or many others while I grind coffee beans and wash last night’s dishes, but the sun is rising and the sky is fancy and the back-lit flowers on the desert rose are calling.
And why must I keep making these pictures….fear, arrogance, curiosity, greed?
Angelika Rinnhofer was born in Nuremberg, Germany, and grew up surrounded by the visual opulence of Catholic churches in Bavaria. As a German artist who immigrated to the US, Angelika Rinnhofer has been exploring her own transformation while adapting to life in America. The effect that her chosen community has had on her life and art, all the while considering her upbringing in another culture, has prompted questions based in sociological discourse.
Lissette Schaeffler is a Cuban-born photographer whose work deals with the exploration of identity. Whether documenting or digitally manipulating photographs of family, friends, environments or herself, Lissette's underlying meaning has always remained consistent. The photographs are an extension of her, and her relationship towards what or whom she photographs.