Art from the Miami diaspora—sculptures, paintings, fiber art, photography and performances—find its way to the nation’s capital through an exhibition opening at the George Washington University’s Corcoran School of the Arts and Design. “Inter | Sectionality: Diaspora Art from the Creole City,” a collection of works from Miami-affiliated artists, explores the emergence of Miami as the “Creole City” and diaspora art as a local, regional and global phenomenon.

“We are pleased to host ‘Inter | Sectionality’ at a time when diaspora artists and voices are advancing social justice, celebrating identities and reactivating and bridging communities through contemporary art and scholarship,” Kym Rice, interim director of the Corcoran School, said.

Dr. Rice believes this Miami-focused exhibition in D.C. provides the public an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the complexities of their own creolized identities, a unique cultural DNA that is evident in the languages and histories of GW’s international students and audiences who speak Spanish, French, Dutch and Creole, as well as indigenous, Asian and African dialects.

“The complexities and diversities represented by this exhibit are emergent, and in many cases ascendant, across the world,” Rosie Gordon-Wallace, a co-curator of the exhibition, said. Ms. Gordon-Wallace founded the Miami-based Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator, which collaborated with the Corcoran School on the exhibition.  

Since its inception in 1996, the incubator has functioned as a laboratory to promote, nurture and cultivate the vision and diverse talents of emerging artists from the Caribbean diaspora and other artists of color from immigrant experiences.

“At a time when global cities are aligning themselves with the technology industries, Miami’s dynamic cultural arts scene attracts diverse international artists and reveals complex intersectional stories of access and inclusion,” Donette Francis,  the director of the American studies program at the University of Miami and a collaborator  at the incubator, said.

The exhibit highlights the work of 25 Miami-affiliated artists along with two guest artists and is grouped around themes that encompass diaspora and “Creole City” life stories, memory, politics, myth, religion and culture. A diaspora is a group of people with a similar background scattered beyond the boundaries of that community.

Exhibition and programs are made possible with leading support from The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Ford Foundation, The State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs and with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and National Performance Network (NPN).

Presented by Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator Inc.

Interview at Corcoran Gallery by DVCAI