Between transformation and disintegration – Art Salon [Art Talk]

Memorial Landscapes between transformation and disintegration: Photography as a Textural Approach

by Anja Marais

Elle Schorr’s Art Salon – South Florida has become a vibrant center for art and artists, and ART SALONS at the ARMORY ART CENTER in West Palm Beach are a gathering place for artists from throughout in the region. Each month from October to May, Art Salons offer presentations by influential professional artists whose artwork is being shown in museums and galleries in South Florida. Presenters show their work, talk about their influences, and explore the work of artists showing in museums and galleries, followed by stimulating discussions between all who attend. Our discussions cover the gamut of contemporary art themes, including conceptual, cultural, socio/political, environmental, race and gender-focused and aesthetic practices, the materials and techniques used to convey these ideas, and where we fit into the world of contemporary conceptual art. Art Salons also offer the opportunity to explore the practical side of being an artist, enhance professional development, share useful resources, and network with other artists.

By |2018-02-28T12:04:03-04:00February 13th, 2018|

FOLD a women exhibition at IMAS, Texas

FOLD is an exhibition of contemporary works by thirteen female artists who explore the concept of the fold in terms of form and conceptual metaphor in both stationary and time-based art media. The fold is simple and complex at the same time – it is a physical act, a state of material, and a way to explain things that happen in other realms.  The fold challenges space and even time, and as a symbolic paradigm, it offers an ever-expanding impulse for creativity.  The exhibition will be held in conjunction with the annual FESTIBA event, which will focus on the theme of borders in a way that offers opportunities to compare theoretical constructs with concrete realities.  Along with the exhibition, seven scholars from different disciplines; Philosophy, Psychology, Social History, the History of Art and Literature, and Women’s Studies will explore the concept of FOLD in their respective areas. The exhibition, with its speakers and the panel discussions, provides a unique opportunity for to engage with the many voices and perspectives of notable, contemporary artists and demonstrates the way that art can offer inspirational insight into current societal issues and trends.

*For more information about additional FOLD locations and events, please click here.

By |2018-01-23T09:28:05-04:00January 23rd, 2018|

Press from ABMB week 2017

WHITEHOT MAGAZINE: Re-Mixing History: African Women Artists at Art Basel Miami Beach 2017

ARCADE PROJECT ZINE:  The Moment We’re In: Art Basel Miami 2017 Begins

“Far downtown in a former post office, visual artist Anja Marais’s installation Out of Sight; Out of Mind taps into the zeitgeist with large paste-up portraits of immigrants that play with dual perspectives, twisting sight to examine peripheral views of human history. Her images are pasted into corners and archways in the gutted downtown building, creating warped faces that recall distorted views of immigration and its role in history. Marais photographed Miami Haitians who are the children of immigrants. They sat for her portraits and posed as their immigrant ancestors, each holding a tool of their trade.”

Anja Marais immigrant installation

Anja Marais immigrant installation

Anja Marais immigrant installation

By |2018-01-02T12:56:11-04:00January 2nd, 2018|

Art Basel Open Artist Studio Event

Organized by Art Basel / Fri 08 Dec / 9am – 12 noon

Visit and meet artists in their studios in Wynwood, Downtown Miami, Miami Beach, Coral Gables, and other locations.

Download the map.

Access: Free public access

By |2017-11-09T16:39:40-04:00November 9th, 2017|

Frontier Global Exhibition

Phillip Valys for SouthFlorida.com

A reference to her South African upbringing, working-poor communities and immigration, Marais’ black-and-white photograph, which is deliberately ripped and torn in sections, hangs inside the Bailey Contemporary Arts gallery in Pompano Beach, which will debut the new immigration-minded show “Frontiers and Beyond” on Friday, Sept. 1.

The exhibit, which came together with help from the Tehran, Iran-based Ad Visual Arts Academy, probes how artists use ceramics to tackle themes of belonging and geographic borders. The Pompano Beach gallery is one of four global venues to host the exhibit, which will also be presented in Japan, Turkey and France.

When: Sept. 1–29 (opening reception: 6-9 p.m. Sept. 1)

Where: Bailey Contemporary Arts, 41 NE First St., Pompano Beach

By |2017-09-26T06:15:01-04:00September 26th, 2017|

CURRENT: Florida Prize in Contemporary Art Exhibition • ORLANDO MUSEUM OF ART • MAY 31st – AUG 18th, 2019