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Panel discussion with Guillermina De Ferrari, Erica Moiah James, and Alfredo Perez-Triff

Panel discussion with Guillermina De Ferrari, Erica Moiah James, and Alfredo Perez-Triff

Panel discussion with Guillermina De Ferrari, Erica Moiah James, and Alfredo Perez-Triff, moderated by Rina Carvajal

Designed for those immersed in the writing of Cabrera and Glissant, as well as those encountering their work for the first time, this panel discussion is an opportunity to dive deeper into specific ideas, terms, or passages developed by the scholars who inspired Where the Oceans Meet. Each panelist will give a brief but illuminating presentation on a single topic and then engage in a lively group discussion to forge meaningful connections between their interpretations and the broader notions uniting works in the exhibition.

Guillermina De Ferrari is a professor of Spanish American and Caribbean Literatures and Cultures at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She is the author of Vulnerable States: Bodies of Memory in Contemporary Caribbean Fiction (Virginia, 2007) and Community and Culture in Post-Soviet Cuba (Routledge, 2014). She has published many articles on Cuban and Caribbean literature, visual culture, photography, and world literature. She directed the Center for Visual Cultures (2014–18) and curated the exhibition Apertura: Photography in Cuba Today at the Chazen Museum of Art in 2015. She is co-editor with Ursula Heise of the Routledge series Literature and Contemporary Thought. She is currently working on a book tentatively entitled Community Under Duress that explores the possibility of ethics in precarious conditions. By combining concepts of moral philosophy, disaster studies, and Glissant’s Poetics of Relation, this book project studies the aesthetic elaboration of the tension between overdetermination by historical, political, and ecological forces, and the demand for individual ethical stances toward one another, one’s history, and the viability of a livable planet. She is currently a Senior Fellow with the Institute of Research in the Humanities (2018–22).

Erica Moiah James is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Miami. Previously, she taught at Yale University, and was the founding Director and Chief Curator of the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas (NAGB). Her publications include, “Speaking in Tongues: Metapictures and the Discourse of Violence in Caribbean Art” (Small Axe, 2012); “Dreams of Utopia: Sustaining Art Institutions in the Transnational Caribbean” (Open Arts Journal, 2016); “Every Nigger Is a Star: Reimagining Blackness from Post-Civil Rights America to the Postindependence Caribbean” (Black Camera, 2016); and “Charles White’s J’Accuseand the Limits of Universal Blackness” (AAAJ, 2016). She recently coedited a special issue of Small Axe titled Art as Caribbean Feminist Practice (March 2017).  James’s curatorial projects and essays include R. Brent Malone: Reincarnation: A Retrospective Exhibition (1954–2004) (NAGB, 2015); "Sun Splashed" for the exhibition Nari Ward: Sun Splashed (Perez Art Museum Miami, 2015); Caribbean Queer Visualities (Belfast, 2016, and Glasgow, 2017); and "Graham Fagen: Opus V" for the exhibition Graham Fagen: The Slave's Lament (Galerie de l'UQAM, Université du Québec à Montréal, 2017). Her forthcoming book is titled After Caliban: Caribbean Art in the Global Imaginary.

Alfredo Perez-Triff is a professor in the Department of Arts and Philosophy at Miami Dade College and a lecturer in modern and contemporary art history at the University of Miami. He holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy and a Master's degree in Music Composition from the University of Miami. Since 1999, hef has been the art critic for the weekly newspaper Miami New Times, in which he has published more than 150 contributions.

Rina Carvajal
 is the Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Museum of Art and Design (MOAD) at MDC. Previously, she was visiting curator at the Instituto de Arte Contemporanea (IAC) in São Paulo, the Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, the Instituto Moreira Salles in Rio de Janeiro, as well as the adjunct curator at the Perez Art Museum Miami. Carvajal served as the Executive Director and Chief Curator of Miami Art Central; was twice co-curator of the São Paulo Biennial; and was the Ahmanson Curatorial Fellow at the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles

Where the Oceans Meet is an exhibition of modern and contemporary art that resonates with the pioneering thought of two Caribbean writers, Lydia Cabrera and Édouard Glissant. The show is comprised of an international group of artists and collectives consider notions of shifting and porous borders—and how crossing borders has shaped our world. They articulate various aspects of the two scholars’ thoughts on race, diaspora, colonialization, creolization, language, and territory, particularly with regards to Miami’s position in a world that never stops turning.  Where the Oceans Meet will be on view until January 12, 2020.