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Arts Showcase from Canary Islands Exhibited in the Freedom Tower at Miami Dade College

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Miami, December 4, 2008 - Miami-Canary Islands Interconnected Experiences is a dynamic exhibition at the Freedom Tower at Miami Dade College (MDC) showcasing the Canary Islands’ most celebrated contemporary artists through video, sculpture, performance, and interactive art and even cuisine performance. The cross-fertilization of ideas that results from Interconnected Experiences’ involvement with diverse areas of cultural production expand the relationships between artist, audience, artwork, exhibition space and the broader social context of the Canary Islands and Miami. Separated by the Atlantic, Miami and the Canary Islands share a lot of culture and heritage.

Curated by Enrique Oramas, the exhibition is part of what has been called the Week of Canary Contemporary Culture in Miami that will extend until Dec. 13, 2008.

“Just like Miami, the Canary Islands are located in a strategic place that borrows from many cultures including Europe, Africa and the Americas. It’s been a territory that has seen immigration and emigration. The result is a unique artistic feast of modern art,” said Oramas.

“Canary contemporary art aspires to be recognized by its particular way of dealing with global affairs. We will show these new ways of proceeding in canary contemporary art and music,” said the director of the Canary Islands Interconnected Experiences Cultural Project in Miami, Roc Laseca.

The project includes contemporary music by Kike Perdomo and a melologue presentation by composer Dori Diaz Jerez and poet Elsa Lopez. The 1st floor of the Freedom Tower contains the installation of the artwork of Alexis W. (The Indescreet Window installation); Guillermo Lorenzo (Harmony Mundi audiovisual installation); Jose A. Zarate (Grafos a sculpture mural) and Juan Castaneda & Alfonso Bravo (Margaritas a large format image installation), which reflect trends and directions in contemporary Canary art.

Miami-Canary Islands Interconnected Experiences is without doubt a fresh and surprising proposal for the Miami art scene during Art Basel 2008. This is the first time a cutting-edge artistic project of this scale of contemporary Canary arts is presented in America, an ambitious proposal aimed to present the current artistic scene in this Atlantic territory.

“There’s a new breath of culture in the Canary Islands. The people in the art scene there are well-informed. There’s lots of tradition to glean from,” added Oramas. “Plus, environmental art is exploding since the Canary Islands have been leaders in new and sustainable energy development for many years given their island topography.”

For more information, please call the Miami Dade Art Gallery System at 305-237-7186 or write to galleries@mdc.edu.

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611, jmendiet@mdc.edu, MDC communications director
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710, sue.arrowsmith@mdc.edu, media specialist
Tarnell Carroll, 305-237-3359, tcarroll@mdc.edu, media specialist




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