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Art Basel at Diaspora Vibe Gallery December 7 – December 10, 2006 Miami, Florida

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RITUALS: Perceptions and Visualizations
December 7-December 31, 2006
Opening: Thursday, December 7, 2006
Special Art Basel Hours December 7 – December 10, 9am to 7pm

(Miami, Florida) Participating in Art Basel, Diaspora Vibe Gallery presents Rituals: Perceptions and Visualizations. What are the rituals that define who we are and what we do? Rituals of various kinds are a feature of all societies, past or present. Repetition and the performative aspects of our daily lives will be explored in this exhibition that asks viewers to pay attention to the ways society and individuals create their own personal rituals, habits, and routines. Rituals: Perceptions and Visualizations is a multi-media group exhibition featuring installation, video, painting, photography, and performance. Artists from Jamaica, Haiti, St. Martin, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, and U.S. will explore varying interpretations of ritual.

The ten juried featured artists include, Deborah Jack, Alejandro Contreras, Loriel Beltran, Rachel Wilberforce, Predrag Pajdic, Elyce Semenec, Natalia Vasquez, Teri Richardson, Rodney Jackson, John Cox, and John Beatle. The gallery will be transformed for this multi-media exhibition. Deborah Jack uses images of salt to explore rituals of memory. A video collaboration by Rachel Wilberforce and Predrage Pajdic examine actions in civilizations, both the individual and society. Teri Richardson’s translucently painted 3-dimensional paintings hang from the ceiling signifying dream catching as ritual. Rodney Jackson’s installation combines the spiritual concepts and idea of heaven and hell. In addition, we will feature work from Luisa Mesa, Tere Pastoriza from Cuba, Asser Saint Val from Haiti and Caroline Holder from Barbados and other stable Diaspora Vibe Gallery artists.

Ritual: Perceptions and Visualizations will be held at Diaspora Vibe Gallery, located in Miami’s Design District at 3938 North Miami Avenue from December 7 through December 31. An opening reception takes place Thursday, December 7 from 6-10 pm. For more information please call 305.573.4046 or log onto http://www.diasporavibe.com/

About Diaspora Vibe Gallery
Diaspora Vibe Gallery is a multi-disciplinary art space serving as a laboratory for emerging artists of the Caribbean Diaspora and other artists of color, providing them with a contemporary sensibility to explore and experiment with new forms and cultural themes. DVG programs include : the Caribbean Crossroads Series, the International Cultural Exchange Program, and Off the Wall Experimental Lab Series. Diaspora Vibe is supported in part by Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, Dade Community Foundation, the Knight Foundation, City of Miami/ FACE Office, and Artography: Arts in a Changing America, a grant and documentation program of Leveraging Investments in Creativity, funded by the Ford Foundation, Carl and Toni Randolph; Surdna Foundation; The Miami Herald; and Dr. Michael Hill. Founded by its current Director/Curator, Rosie Gordon-Wallace in 1996, Diaspora Vibe is currently celebrating its 10th anniversary.

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