The Persistent Caravan
A Multimedia Installation by Aurora Molina & Edison Peñafiel
The Projects, FAT Village, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Jan 25 - until further notice, 2020
Sabrina Amrani Gallery, Madrid - Spain
May 9 - 20, 2020
October 14, 2019 - March 15, 2020
The Bass Museum The Walgreen’s Windows, Miami Beach, FL
Land Escape is a site-specific installation depicting the act of immigration in its peril and absurdity. A scene bearing witness to the act of humans walking, carrying, searching, avoiding, seeking. This installation is an extension of a project created during a 100 W Corsicana artist residency in Corsicana, TX.
Humans have always migrated — but today there are legal boundaries deeper than rivers, cultural resistance more formidable than mountains. A poisonous public dialogue on immigration unfolds across the world, yet their existence is sanitized out of public spaces. Meanwhile, people must continue to walk across borders through the dubious territory of documents and customs, safety and arrest. Land Escape brings that journey, so often talked about and so little seen.
Set against the pastel backdrop of Miami’s palette and urbanism, Land Escape depicts a caravan trudging through an abstracted world created out of drawing, photography, and found objects. These masked travelers move through a space with no clear geography, no set rules, no distinct path. A world made bizarre by their act of immigration. The tableau echoes the Parthenon frieze, a scene of travel from antiquity — Land Escape showing yet another cycle of human movement. The format of a retail window display brings the immigrants and their journey parallel to the sidewalk, allowing others to march parallel alongside the scene, separated by barbed wire. Most importantly, the familiarity of the format situates the struggle of the immigrants where we are used to seeing the aspirational. This highlights the most difficult truth. The plight of the immigrant is the aspiration of some, the lived experience of others.
Miami New Media Festival
October 19 - November 20, 2019
Laundromat Art Space, Little Haiti, FL
On View: Camposcuro. 2018
Miami is a city built by people who live in a continuous exchange of cultural references. Many times called a "melting pot" of cultures, our city grows with the diversity that thrives in the streets. So, how can we define our identity? This question leads to multiple stories with deep roots in our communities, and Arts Connection Foundation proposed an Open Call to collect these stories and wants to share them.
Thus, the Foundation selected “Identity: the New Frontier” as the curatorial theme for video-art proposals for the 2019 Miami New Media Festival (MNMF), XIV Edition. To go further the MNMF encouraged artists responding to the call to explore topics related to themes such as women, gender, immigration, and other vital issues for minorities. The video-art proposals can put these struggles in the spotlight by overcoming limitations and obstacles, sometimes built by ourselves.
From more than 150 video-artists who participated in the Open Call, the Festival has 44 proposals selected by the Jury, that are presented in six categories: Body Identity, Natural Identity, Political Identity, Words-Places-Names, Gender Identity, and Selfies. We believe these 44 videos will contribute widely with new ways to explore this new frontier.
South Florida Cultural Consortium
September 5 - October 20, 2019
Museum of Conteporary Art, North Miami, FL
On View: Land Escape, 2019
The Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami is pleased to launch the 2019 fall season with the South Florida Cultural Consortium Exhibition. Guest curated by Amy Galpin, chief curator of the Frost Art Museum, this dynamic groupexhibition presents the work of artists exclusively from South Florida.
The South Florida Cultural Consortium (SFCC) is the largest government-sponsored grant program in the U.S. for artists living in Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Palm Beach and Martin Counties. Hundreds of artists apply each year. This year’s exhibition will showcase 13 artists including: Nellie Appleby, Felecia Chizuko Carlisle, Domingo Castillo, Jen Clay, Katrina Sarah, Reginald O’Neal, Edison Peñafiel, Sebastian Ruiz, Jamilah Sabur, Vivien Segel, Misael Soto, Amber Tutwiler and Agustina Woodgate.
This exhibition brings together some of the region’s most innovative and accomplished artists. While many exhibitions focus on work created by Miami-based artists, this exhibition unites artists who live and work in the following counties: Broward, Martin-Monroe, Palm Beach, and Miami-Dade. Each artist in this exhibition is a recipient of a grant made possible by the South Florida Cultural Consortium (SFCC). Unique to this exhibition is the grouping of these artists, which is not by theme or approach, but instead by their regional relationships, rigorous approaches, and distinctive practices.
The works on view establish a dynamic, complex, and varied exhibition that includes painting, video, sculpture, and photography, among other media. Some of these works are informed by identity and the political present, engaging the most urgent and essential issues of this contemporary moment, such as: displacement, citizenship, and contested bodies. Other works are rooted more in conceptualism, addressing notions of time as well as philosophical and scientific inquiry. Certain artists layer histories and geographies, while others probe autobiographical experience and bring together personal trauma and experiences of forced migration.
The team of panelists responsible for selecting the SFCC grantees have honored some of the most lauded artists in our region, while also acknowledging lesser-known artists. At every stage of their careers, artists require support. SFCC makes a significant commitment to providing this support through various fellowships and awards. This annual exhibition is again being presented at MOCA, a museum dedicated to bringing challenging and robust contemporary art to the audiences of North Miami and beyond.
—Amy Galpin, Ph.D., Guest Curator of the Exhibition and Chief Curator, Frost Art Museum at FIU.
Florida Prize in Contemporary Art
May 31 - August 20, 2019
Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, FL
On View: Ni Aquí, Ni Allá and Sempiterno
The Orlando Museum of Art presents the sixth annual Orlando Museum of Art Florida Prize in Contemporary Art. This exhibition features 10 of the most progressive and exciting artists working in the State today. Additionally, one of these outstanding artists is selected to receive a significant monetary award.
The award and invitational exhibition recognizes the achievement and potential of these artists and encourages their continued innovation and creation of new work. With this initiative, the Orlando Museum of Art underscores its commitment to support talented emerging and mid-career artists, while celebrating the vibrant cultural life of Florida.
Artists: Robert Aiosa, Joe Fig, Lilian Garcia-Roig, Lola Gómez, Amer Kobaslija, Pepe Mar, Anja Marais, Edison Peñafiel, Vickie Pierre, Sri Prabha
Reenactments of a Perpetual Cycle
May 25 - August 3, 2019
100 W Corsicana, Corsicana, TX
On View: Land Escape by Edison Peñafiel and Voids by Rachel Wolfson Smith
Join us to experience the residency work that evolved into a collaborative exhibition by artists Rachel Wolfson Smith and Edison Peñafiel, Reenactments of a Perpetual Cycle. Their site-specific drawing and video installations focus on movement in the landscape; interpreted by Wolfson Smith as expansive hand drawn environments, and Peñafiel as a backdrop for human migration. Echoing the building's original use as an International Order of Odd Fellows Lodge, the duo reactivates these rooms into settings for physical exploration, theatrical representations, and contemplation of timeless realities like the story of Exodus. Dallas-based Curator Allison Klion introduces the work in a written statement.
Smash and Grab
October 13, 2018
Locust Projects, Miami, F
There is no other fundraiser quite like this one. The lively event revolves around a raffle, for which over one hundred local, national and international artists have donated artwork — enough so that each raffle ticket is guaranteed to win an artwork. Tickets are drawn at random during the party, with the winner getting their choice of artwork (i.e, first called gets first pick, and so on). The result is a fun way to place artwork into collections, build visibility for artists, connect with Miami’s art community, and support Locust Projects.
2018 Florida Biennial
September 14 – October 21, 2018
Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, Hollywood, FL
On View: Sempiterno and Camposcuro
The 2018 Florida Biennial features 68 works by 30 artists who were selected by juror Sarah Fritchey from entries submitted to the Art and Culture Center/Hollywood. The exhibition opened on Friday, Sept. 14 with the announcement of awards for the Juror’s Pick, Edison Peñafiel, and Honorable Mention, Lisa Rockford.
This ninth edition of the Center’s Juried Biennial received applications from 291 artists living in 85 cities throughout Florida. In all, juror Sarah Fritchey reviewed 2,050 works from artists working in any media. The 2018 Florida Biennial focuses on exploring multicultural identities, discussing ecological issues, and imagining a robust cultural climate for Florida within the global economy.
Ni Aquí, Ni Allá
February 2, 2018 - Permanent
Elsewhere Museum, Greensboro, NC
Ni Aquí, Ni Allá (Neither Here, Nor There), on Elsewhere’s 3rd floor, is a fantastical parade of irrational imagery in a destabilizing perpetual loop. The projection displays an animated, intermittently changing landscape with people walking endlessly towards a horizon and away from the viewer. Each individual pulls a rope attached to physical bundles of crates, luggage, and other bound piles of symbolic personal belongings placed throughout the installation. The immateriality of virtual projections to physical objects that embody intrinsic meaning and soundscape responding to cyclical themes all interact together to reach a physical metamorphosis for the audience.
And it's Going To Be Great!
March 17 - April 2, 2017
The Projects, Fort Lauderdale, FL 2017
This interactive exhibition and performance was created through the Fågelbo (The Nest) Residency. Collaborating artists are Jenny Larsson (choreographer) and Edison Peñafiel (interdisciplinary artist) who manipulates and reconstruct realities through medias such as animation, photography, video projections, moving bodies and sound score.
The Space Between
July 21 - September 1, 2016
The Screening Room, Miami, FL
On View: Es así porque siempre fue así
The Screening Room is pleased to present The Space Between a multi-media exhibition by Alba Soto, David Gumbs, and Edison Peñafiel.
The Space Between brings together three abstract videos that reveal various states of consciousness, where unsettled inner conflicts arise from personal experiences and one’s own unique perception of those events. While each video is presented in three different contexts, the feminine form, water, and political unrest, they all share qualities of the subconscious, without dialogue, and only dreamlike sequences. These video works fill the space between reality and illusion, a kind of comfort zone, where their moving images come together to form a new idea.