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Eclectic, cutting-edge, and brilliant are three words that perfectly describe the works on exhibit at the Prizm Art Fair now in its third year during Miami Art Week. The opening preview on Tuesday, Dec. 1 hosted a truly diverse crowd who at times could be seen in deep thought analyzing the various pieces. That’s because the exhibit had strong themes addressing the current conditions and treatment of people of color globally, including a strong hand of injustice. The socio-political theme was immediately noticeable the minute you walked into the space, and at times you would also find deep spiritual meaning behind the pieces.
Mikhaile M. Solomon M.Arch. '11 is the mastermind behind the Prizm, a one-of-a-kind art fair with a mission to promote artists of color.
The art fair was founded in 2013 after Mikhaile noticed a lack of visibility for artists of the African diaspora during Miami's biggest art festival, Art Basel. Since Art Basel is regarded as one of the most prestigious art festivals in the globe, Mikhaile is hoping to use it as a platform to highlight the talents of these magnificent local and regional artists.
We conducted a Q&A with Mikhaile to learn more about her years at FIU and how PRIZM came to be.
WHAT: PRIZM Art Fair
WHY: Miami Art Week attracts numerous high-quality satellite fairs, but sometimes it's the one sitting a little to the side that has the energy to perk up the art ears. Such is the case with PRIZM, an art fair that highlights works from the African Diaspora, but not exclusively. Set up in the MIMO district on Biscayne, this year's installment features 18 artists from across the country and globe. All eyes should be drawn to the stylized portraits shot in Senegal, from Paris native Alexis Peskine. In one photograph, two boys wearing DIY auto-racing uniforms are perched on a bench near the beach; the younger boy's posture itself tells a story, while the older boy's stare reveals a complexity beyond words.
WHERE: 7300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, noon to 5 p.m. weekends; www.prizmartfair.com.
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