UNTITLED ART Miami Beach curator Jordan Stein speaks with several Fellows from Artists in Residence in Everglades, AIRIE, about their work, processes, influences and motivations revolving around their research in the Florida Everglades. Having spent up to a month living and working in Everglades National Park, AIRIE Fellows meet with ecologists, biologists, hydrologists, community leaders and environmental advocates to study this complex ecosystem. Artists include Harumi Abe, Dana Levy, Christina Pettersson, and Onajide Shabaka.
Everglades National Park protects an unparalleled landscape of over 1.5 million acres (more than 60,000 hectares) of tropical and subtropical habitat with one of the world’s most diverse ecosystems. An international treasure, the Everglades is acknowledged as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, an International Biosphere Reserve, a Wetland of International Importance, and a specially protected area under the Cartagena Treaty.
Artists in Residence in Everglades, AIRIE, is a Miami-based nonprofit supporting the arts and cultural heritage of the Everglades through a multi-disciplinary artist residency, dynamic exhibitions and public programs. Launched in 2001, AIRIE has welcomed over 185 artists, writers, choreographers, composers and performers to the Everglades National Park, spreading awareness, conservation and preservation efforts through the arts.
Harumi Abe (AIRIE Fellow 2013) is a Japanese native artist from Tokorozawa, Saitama who has lived in South Florida nearly half of her life. Referencing Gaston Bachelard’s Poetics of Space, her layered landscapes, intend to overlap memories and sway perspective in order to serve an idea of home and represent a “topography of our intimate being,” while visually materializing belonging.
Dana Levy (AIRIE Fellow 2014) was born in Tel Aviv Israel and lives and works in New York. Levy is known for her poetic video and photographic works, which often investigate boundaries between the natural and man-made. www.danalevy.net/
Born in Stockholm, Sweden, Christina Pettersson (AIRIE Fellow 2015) has lived in Miami, FL most of her life. Her most recent solo exhibitions, in Everglades National Park and at the historic Deering Estate on Biscayne Bay, reflect her lifelong passions in her hometown. Pettersson’s work includes large scale drawing, curated and staged group performances and public programming largely focused on the issues affect her native South Florida. www.christinapettersson.com/
Onajide Shabaka (AIRIE Fellow 2015) is a Miami-based artist and writer investigating the human relationship to the contemporary landscape and its questions regarding ecology and history, including African diaspora and Native American cultures. Underscoring environmental and social justice, African Atlantic cultural history, Shabaka gives form to a never ending desire for capital to control the natural world and populations. www.onajide.com