Art as an opportunity to contemplate and consider

Visiting art galleries and museums is such an easy way to travel while creating an opportunity to have a good time and reflect on our world.

I love looking at sculptures, videos, paintings or photographs that allow me to question my life and my social or cultural conditioning. Artists do convey powerful messages through their creative expression, they allow us to become more aware of our human condition as well as political, cultural and social dogma.

A few weeks ago, I went to see an exhibition titled ” Elemental” by Miami-born, New York- based contemporary artist Teresita Fernandez at PAMM ( Perez Art Museum ) in Downtown Miami and it was delightful ( see photo above ). Questioning our life and values does not always have to be heavy. Her work is beautiful and ethereal, focusing on the relationship between people and nature, especially in America, and how we interact with landscapes and space in general. Her work features large scale sculptures and installations made out of graphite, glass, mirrors, thread, onyx. It plays with our perception as well light and darkness. You can find out more about Teresita Fernandez and follow her on Instagram here.

When I visited the recently opened El Espacio Twenty Three, the recently opened exhibition space located in the industrial area of Allapattah in Miami, showcasing the private collection of art collector and real estate developer Jorge Perez, ( The Perez Art Museum is also named after him ), I was shaken by an exhibition called ” Time for change : art and social unrest in the Jorge M. Perez collection”, I was moved and disturbed by a few art pieces, including this enormous overloaded boat ( see photo above ) made out of wood, plastic and multicolored fabric reminding me of the patterns of African clothes, obviously addressing the massive number of displaced individuals and families fleeing Syria, Libya and other at war countries to find a more hopeful life in the Western world, if they survive the chaotic trip. Artists also take on the responsibility to move and disturb us, take us away from indifference towards the consequences of wars, climate change, racism and terrorism, just to name a few issues affecting our world.

How about you ? How often do you get moved or shaken by art ?

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