Curated by Faena Art
FAENA ART is pleased to announce inaugural Artist in Residence program with five Miami-based multidisciplinary artists. Suzi Analogue, Paperwater and Amanda Bradley will work in-residence at the Faena Forum, transforming the OMA designed building into temporary artist studios. The program will run until November 2020.
Faena Art’s Artist in Residence program responds to the organization’s mission to foster and engage the local artistic community and support experimental art-making practices through this marked period of uncertainty.
“Artists play an essential role in our communities, and even more in these challenging times,” says Alan Faena. “We are humbled to offer the Faena Forum to those in need for a space to experiment and create. We are excited to transform the Forum into a shelter for the arts and welcome Jamilah Sabur, Suzi Analogue, and Paperwater to create with us” stated Alan Faena.
While in residence, each artist will explore persistent themes in their work, initiating new projects and collaborations while completing past endeavors. Sabur, who works across performance, video, and installation and frequently considers the past, present, and future linked to the complex relationship between varied geographies, will create a new video work while in residence.
Analogue, who as a producer, songwriter, composer and founder of Never Normal Records aims to highlight creators from the African Diaspora, will be working on several projects at the Forum. These include audio/visual recordings utilizing synthesized sound and a motion picture sponsored in part by a Teenage Engineering artist fellowship, a new initiative supporting artists of color in the music industry.
“Right now, more than ever, the worldwide conversation everyone should be having is how we can bring communities together and heal from the mass devastation and inequity that groups of people are facing daily. Unity is the concept we should imagine when we think to the future and artists are amplifiers of imagination. Artists have the ability to highlight and empower our differences as people, and bring people together. That is what I am to do with my collective Never Normal and my art practice during my artist residency at Faena”, says Suzi Analogue.
Comprised of artists Daygee Kwia and Eddy Samy, Paperwater is an avant-garde production duo fusing alternative electronic and Hip Hop with hints of indie. While in residence, Paperwater will finalize The Florida Project, a collaborative album featuring various Florida-based artists, in addition to recording studio sessions and new creative content.
“The residency would impact our current work by allowing us to keep the momentum we had before Covid. We have a beautiful space like the Faena Forum to look at everyday to inspire us to create great art. It also serves as a time chamber because instead of the usual distractions we had in our normal lives, the forum is a quiet space where no one can bother you from your process”, commented Paperwater.
Amanda Bradley is a Belizean American artist based in Miami, Florida. She is joining the residency in collaboration with Women Photographers International Archive (WOPHA), a nonprofit organization dedicated to researching, promoting, supporting, and educating on the role of women and those identified as women or non-binary in photography. Bradley’s work explores place and landscape as a means to connect and understand identity, belonging, histories, and relationships.
Faena Art intends to expand the program and invite additional artists to continue to develop their practice within the walls of the Forum. The program was launched with artist Jamilah Sabur.