Miami Dade College’s Museum of Art and Design, in collaboration with the Miami Book Fair, launched I Remember Miami—a virtual project that allows people to share their fondest memories of Miami while it undergoes a temporary shutdown caused by the coronavirus.
The project seeks audio and photo files to create a collective space of memories that celebrate the city.
Submissions will be accepted until June 30 through MOAD’s entry page. Select audio and photo files will be posted on the MOAD and the Miami Book Fair’s Facebook and Instagram accounts. The final archive will be accessible on the MOAD, Miami Book Fair and Dora García’s websites.
Garcia is the Spanish artist who created the project.
“I Remember Miami can give its participants reasons to be hopeful by really thinking about the special places in our city that have personal meaning, and to do it in concert with hundreds of others—friends, neighbors, and strangers,” says Rina Carvajal, MOAD’s executive director and chief curator. “Through her art, García creates the conditions to keep us connected and collectively involved in visualizing Miami’s past, present, and future.”
Garcia, 55, is known for the interactivity and performance of her work. She uses media, video, text and installation to shape encounters between the artist, artwork and viewer.
Born in Valladolid, Spain, García studied at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, a classical academy in Amsterdam. The school promotes the exchange of ideas between philosophers, academics and artists. García’s work has been exhibited throughout the world, in places such as Germany, Brazil and the United States.
I Remember Miami is curated by Carvajal as part of the series A City of the People. It is the second work that MOAD has commissioned to García. Last year, the museum commissioned a Miami-iteration of García’s ongoing project, Rezos/Prayers.
It was first enacted in Madrid in 2007. The project features ten videos, where people describe what they saw at different locations like public transit routes. The 45-minute videos are recited like a prayer in English and Spanish, which include mundane and unexpected details of the locations. The digital audio files are then posted on García’s website.