By Contributing Reporter, Daniela Ortega
MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA – Starting Thursday, May 23rd, at 6PM until Monday, May 27th at 6PM, “ReFrame Miami Beach: A Memorial Day Filled With Arts & Culture on South Beach” goes live as a second year initiative to bring a deeper and different take to a week of urban culture on the beach.
Different exhibits and events are free of charge and will take place during the holiday weekend at Miami Beach to showcase and promote artists of color, in order to shift the interests of the overflowing crowd tourists and locals that celebrate Urban Music Week every year.
ReFrame aims to “spark crucial conversations about inclusion, surveillance, and propaganda using the works of local artists, curators, and organizers.”
The project counts with the participation of the City of Miami Beach, along with organizations such as the BASS Museum, FIU Beach Urban Studios and Miami New Drama. The main exhibit and activation, “I See You, Too” will take place at 737 Lincoln Rd in Miami Beach. This initiative deals with how propaganda and distortion or lack of information has altered our views.
The show curator Octavia Yearwood commented on her participation as “seeing a chance to make something where people are seeing their reflection, as well as highlighting the integral role people of color have played in building Miami Beach, as well as the city’s segregated history.”
A second exhibition “Digital ReFrame” is taking place at Digital Signane on Ocean Drive. It is described as a photo pop up curated by Michelle Polissant that will aim to “capture the true essence of Memorial Day Weekend.”
Both of these will take place form Thursday, UNTIL Monday. However, the Saturday photo pop-up will take place at the 7Eleven located at 890 Washington Avenue.
The “Out of Context” event in FIU begins Saturday May 25th with a brunch at 10:30 am, and last until Sunday. It will feature will explore the idea of trust being used as currency with interactive art.
Chris Friday’s brunch will take place at Washington Gallery in the FIU Miami Beach Urban Studios, at 1618 Washington Avenue. Also on Saturday and Sunday, “Play, Lay, Aye” by Geovanna Gonzalez will take place at the BASS Museum at 2100 Collins venue.
It is queer interpretation of a space with French design, where guests are invited to feel free, a space with no judgment or shame, where creativity and openness reigns. There will be performances by Queer artists from the Queer Membership Club, This Girl Lunchbox & the FemPower Artist Collective.
To wrap up Memorial Day weekend, attend guests can delight themselves with an Afro-Caribbean performance, rich in storytelling. The Miami New Drama presents “Betsayda Machada y La Parranda El Clavo”, Monday, May 27th at 5PM at the Colony Theater, at 1040 Lincoln Road.