march, 2019

15mar7:15 pm8:00 pmEcho-Natures: Rituels Numeriques.7:15 pm - 8:00 pm The Wolfsonian-Fiu, 1001 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139, États-Unis


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Curated by Yucef Merhi

Wolfsonian-FIU – Digital project room
Friday, Mar. 15th, 2019, 7.15pm

Intersections among technology, ritual, and nature are the subject of videos by Tabita Rézaire and Atadja Lewa, presented as part of the Tout-Monde Festival of art from the Caribbean. The two artists offer contemporary, Caribbean-inflected perspectives on a key idea from the past. Specifically, they question the twin notions of progress—humankind’s growing dominion over nature through technology; and Europeans’ growing dominion over the globe through colonialism—that held sway during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, notions expressed in much of The Wolfsonian’s collection.
The fragmented narrative of Rézaire’s Premium Connect draws connections among African-derived artifacts and rituals, representations of nature, and the information age—referencing 1990s films, computer graphics, scientific simulations, and social media interfaces. Lewa’s Exit, likewise, blends contrasting times and cultures. He portrays a shamanic journey performed by the artist in the midst of an abandoned refinery, a ruin of the industrial age. Both artists challenge a Eurocentric understanding of technology. Rather than seeing it as a force that supersedes African and Afro-Caribbean spiritual traditions, they create visions in which the meaning and power of these traditions endure in our highly technologized world.
Tabita Rézaire (b. 1989) is a French-born, Guyanese/Danish new media artist. She holds a Bachelor in Economics (Paris) and a Master in Artist Moving Image from Central Saint Martins College (London). Rezaire has shown her work internationally, including the Berlin Biennale, Tate Modern London, Museum of Modern Art Paris, MoCADA NY, The Broad LA, and has presented her work on numerous panels.

Atadja Lewa (b. 1982) was born in Abymes, Guadeloupe. He studied at the Institute of Visual Arts in Martinique and graduated from the École Nationale Supérieure de Paris Cergy (ENSAPC). In his performances and videos, Lewa explores what constitutes today’s social fabric: workers’ strikes, politics, identity, gender, economic reality. Lewa has exhibited his work at Fondation Clément in Martinique, Pool Art Fair Guadaloupe, and several art festivals in the Caribbean.

Video art work

“Exit” by Atadja Lewa (Guadeloupe)

“Premium Connect” by Tabita Rézaire (French Guiana/South Africa)

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(Friday) 7:15 pm - 8:00 pm


The Wolfsonian-Fiu

1001 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139, États-Unis

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