Photographs by Anthony Jordon of Art Africa on December 4, 2016

The future is a site that does not exist yet, but one to be configured in a mental space. For the 2016 Annual Art Africa Miami, Afrotopia is a prospective thought. Thus, this 6th edition strives in the present-time to make it happen. Afrotopia is the atopos of the African Diaspora: that place not yet inhabited by a Diaspora to come. It is about investing in it through thought and imagination. The sequences that structure the temporality of African Diaspora societies is the future on which we can fully act upon, by conceiving and giving it a body. There is no historical fatality to which African Diaspora societies would be submitted to, as far as they conceive their future, have a vision of it and act in the present-time to transform our reality. 

AFROTOPIA is a site in which, forms of upcoming articulations; individual and collective are drawn and configured.

The arts are the first site where the existential of the contemporary diasporic African is perhaps the best expressed — its collective being and singular experience of individual destiny, but also its dreams and projections. The end of a “world” that segregation and colonialism constituted were grasped by writers such as James Baldwin and Chinua Achebe. The failures and disillusions of integration in the African Diaspora and independence on the continent and in the Caribbean, the quartering and ambiguity of consciousness torn between cultures, the shadows of the Police killing and clarity of Black Lives Matter; as well as the poetry of the real grasped through hip hop; these constitute existential challenges AFROTOPIA addresses.

The artists assembled in this 6th edition the various programs in the 2016 edition engage more intimate and personal questions, more existential ones: the quest for self, hybridity, individuality and interior freedom. Some want to oppose them to the previous generation which would have better expressed the vox populis and the soul of its community. It happens that independently from the option chosen by the ones or the others, whether political, social or intimate, their works have all expressed the individual and collective experiences of the African Diaspora; it is a question of decorum and perspective.  The most personal questions still have the social context as background and, inversely, the social problematics have testified to the interior individual tensions. Some of the works presented in this 6th edition perfectly succeed at that setting in abyss of individual destinies, on a background of political and social history. They explore the manner in which to inhabit a plurality of worlds and to navigate between their banks; to unveil the shadow of the days to come and fixate the imaginary spaces in a hard and poetic aesthetic.

AFROTOPIA thinks the African Diaspora as site in which to erect our humanity with its shadows and lights but also interrogating new identity constructions on a background of memory, forgetting and reminiscences.

This 2016 Art Africa which poses an acute gaze on contemporary African Diaspora has something to say about the Diaspora in becoming and the world as we would want to see it. The combination of visual arts, fashion and style in the 2016 Art Africa then becomes spaces where the genius in creativity of forms by African Diaspora and their aptitudes to synthesis, recycling and remodeling express themselves in all their splendor.

AFROTOPIA is then that space of the possible that is yet to be realized but which nothing insurmountable impeaches the advent. The 2016 Art Africa will show that there is a continuity between the real and the possible; we only have to find where the latter hides; to think and work for the conditions of its materialization by lifting the obstacles; the limits are always mental.

Photographs by Anthony Jordon of Prizm Art Fair Press Preview on November 29, 2016

Press were invited to preview the art fair on November 29th, noon – 4 pm at 7230 NW Miami Ct, Miami FL 33150. PRIZM 2016 includes artworks by 55 international emerging African artists and artists from the Global African Diaspora.

PRIZM is an unique fair which presents solo exhibitions of artists instead of galleries, for a two week duration. The mission of the fair is to bring awareness of a sect of artists that are traditionally unrepresented by galleries in the mainstream art world. The theme of this year’s fair is  global impact of Africa’s cultural DNA. Eight countries will be represented by artist spit in two sections curated by fair Director and Founder Mikhaile Solomon and interdisciplinary artist William Cordova.

Photographs by Anthony Jordon of Audemars Piguet’s preview of Reconstruction of The Universe on November 28, 2016

Sun Xun to Present Large-Scale Immersive Installation at Art Basel Miami

2016 Audemars Piguet Art Commission

Open to the Public: November 28 & December 1-3, 2016, 5 – 10 PM

Sean Kelly was delighted to announce that Sun Xun’s most ambitious project to date, Reconstruction of the Universe, was unveiled at Art Basel in Miami Beach, 2016. The artist’s entire multidisciplinary arsenal has been employed in the large-scale immersive environment of the installation. In addition to 2D and 3D animation, the work includes traditional scroll paintings, ink drawings, various architectural and design elements, as well as sound. The installation is being presented to the public during the fair, on the Miami Beach oceanfront between 21st and 22nd Streets next to Collins Park from 5–10 pm on November 28 & December 1-3, 2016.

On December 1, from 6-7 pm, Sun Xun will be in conversation with Phil Tinari (Director, UCCA Beijing). The talk will take place at the exhibition on the watefront and will be moderated by Michael Friedman and ARTnews.

For more information on the Audemars Art Commission, please visit

Photographs by Anthony Jordon of The 5th Annual Art of Transformation Series on November 10, 2016

The 5th Annual Art of Transformation Series (AOT), which included an exhibition and related programming presented by the Opa-locka Community Development Corporation, was a celebration of Opa-locka’s revitalization through the arts.

Curated by Tumelo Mosaka, the 5th Annual Art of Transformation Series was themed “SAY IT LOUD!” and featured an exhibition of work by prominent contemporary artists Michael Paul Britto, Myra Greene, Joshua R. McFadden, Mario Pfeifer and Roberto Visani, and films by Bhawin Suchak & Ira McKinley and Stanley Nelson. “SAY IT LOUD!” is inspired by the James Brown song of the same name that addresses racial discrimination and calls for black empowerment. The call in this context is a rallying cry for all to mobilize against injustice and discrimination, as well as embrace black culture pride in the United States and African Diaspora. The artists explored a range of experiences that not only address the re-imagination and representation of blackness, but also examined the fear, trauma, and grief transpiring in black communities.

Food tastings by CrabMan305

Musical performance by RaRa Rock Roots Rasin

Exhibition Dates/Hours: November 10, 2016 to January 22, 2017, Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM. Closed on holidays. Please email to arrange special visits (group tours, weekend or evening viewings). For more information,

For Sponsorship & Partnership Inquiries, contact: Aileen Alon, OLCDC Director of Arts & Creative Industry - or 305-687-3545 x224.

For Media Inquiries, contact: Suzan McDowell, Circle of One Marketing - or(305) 576-3790.

Photographs by Anthony Jordon of Warrior For Life Veterans Day Yoga Event on November 11, 2016


In honor of Veterans Day and all who have served, Miami’s 2nd Annual Warrior For Life community sunset yoga event was held at the beautiful and spacious Musuem Park, situated right next to the PAMM Museum.  The goal was to raise awareness for Post Traumatic Stress and provide a peaceful and safe environment for Veterans, their family members and the community to come together and breathe together.

The yoga class was led by Judy Weaver, co-founder of Connected Warriors and included a guided meditation by Molly Birkholm, founder of Warriors At Ease. The free event was open to all veterans, military personnel and the general public. Although free, donations were accepted to support the two causes serving veterans and their families.

Connected Warriors is a national community-based volunteer organization that offers FREE Trauma-Conscious Yoga Therapy to Service members, Veterans and their Families. Their goal is to support, improve and facilitate the well-being of Veterans, Service members and their Families in communities nationwide and overseas by providing effective wellness programs at no charge. For more information visit:

Operation WetVet is a Miami-based organization dedicated to helping disabled veterans suffering from PTSD and TBI create new memories in a safe, calming environment centered around camaraderie and water activities. Operation WetVet is a Veteran run 501c3 nonprofit organization located in Miami, Fl and currently working on their Proect Therapy At Sea Program.  Their aim is to get Combat Veterans that suffer from P.T.S.D (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) together to enjoy a fun day of fishing and therapy along with a highly qualified counselor. For more information visit:

This annual event is sponsored by 
Florida Blue and held to honor the memories of CPT Andrew M. Pedersen-Keel and LCPL Brian Eric Fifield.

Photographs by Anthony Jordon of Unbroken Resilience, Independent Film Premiere on August 20, 2016

She was raped as a teenager. Aprille was hopeful about the world and how she would contribute to it. Imagine our young ladies are wrapped up with this same innocent feeling, with back to school and college upon us. This independent short film, Unbroken Resilience, takes on innocence, trust and dating to help all-young women know how to have and command respect. On August 20th, 8:00 pm at the Awa Kava Lounge in Miami, FL, Executive Producer, Aprille Franks-Hunt and Producer, Nikki Woods, of the Tom Joyner Morning Show brings their powerful message to our community.

After returning home, native Miamian, Barbara Pender wanted her first project to give back to the community. A part of the proceeds were also gifted to the Women Recharged foundation; they provide tools and resources to women “helping them lead lives that are electric”.

Photographs by Anthony Jordon of Metaxy and The Magic City (Closing Reception) on July 23, 2016

Metaxy and The Magic City
An M.F.A. Thesis Show by

‘Metaxy and The Magic City’ was Kareem David Piper’s Masters in Fine Art thesis show, and reflected his perception of various social settings and transient scenes he encountered on a daily basis here in Miami, FL. The depicted images were sourced from photos the artist had taken while riding the Miami Dade Metrorail, which is very close to the artist’s studio and is itself very symbolic of the transient state that exists here in Miami.

Kareem’s work reflects the contemporary human condition of existing in a constantly ephemeral state. With technology making the world much more accessible, human beings are able to connect far and wide like never before. His work questioned the true depth of these connections, made with people and places which are encountered only in passing. The pieces evoked a feeling of internal splitting or dislocation, and forced the viewer to question how they perceived their own reality.

Buffalo Brown (Cog Nomen) provided some vapor funk / ambient live music for us, all hosted at Yo Space.

Photographs by Anthony Jordon of Social Tech Live on 7/16/16

Social Tech Live was a fun and innovative conference with a focus on social media and technology. The conference programming included:

Social Media, Blogging, Startups, Mobile Tech, CMS, Ecommerce, Development, Email Marketing, Digital Marketing, Photography/Videography, Podcasting, Journalism, Media, Motivational, Business, Startup showcase, SEO, book publishing, and more.





Photographs by Anthony Jordon of Social Tech Live Fashion & Tech Show Pre-Party on 7/13/16

On Wednesday, July 13th, 2016 at 6 PM at the Flamingo Theater in Brickell hosted the Social Tech Live Fashion Show & Tech Pre-Party.

Social Tech Live, Tiny Girl Fashion, The Flamingo Theater (Miami Comedy), DesignLab Miami, NV Global Entertainment, & FIU Business brought a tech-fashion spectacular. This was an opportunity to get social with the Miami Technology Community while enjoying music, fashion, and technology.

Fashion tech pieces were created by Design Lab students. In attendance were members of Design Lab Miami, showing everyone how you can create your own fashion tech pieces.

Special performance by Jayquan & DJ Rush

Sponsors: DesignLab Miami, Morchano Shot Rite, Miami Comedy, NV Global Entertainment.

Photographs by Anthony Jordon of Bomb Wynwood on 7/10/16

FREE Community Event & Inaugural Backyard Party :: World Peace Mural Tour + Launch

SUNDAY, JULY 10th – BOMB WYNWOOD :: World Peace Mural Tour & Launch!

A Free Community Event by Art Without Borders Miami at Gallery 212 Miami [Backyard] at 2407 NW 2nd Ave in the Wynwood Art District, Miami, FL 33127 from 1-6pm.

Gallery 212 Miami celebrated a local stop on the 5-city World Peace Mural Tour by Wynwood Artist Renda Writer. “Sharing Love” Artist Daniela SV Art presented her art with the SolarPuffâ„¢ Light mission and the soft launch of by Artist JAH Gevurah which all took place encouraging for a day of ART, MUSIC, FOOD, COMMUNITY, AWARENESS & FUN!

As an extension of Second Saturday Art Walk Weekend in Wynwood on Sunday, there were VENDORS, GAMES and PRIZES to promote local Artists and Businesses while supporting and sharing the #LOVEStory documentary and the SolarPuffâ„¢ Light mission bringing World Refugee Crisis awareness and action to the world’s stage through Creative Art Initiatives.

BOMB WYNWOOD refers to the bombing of paint on the walls and other innuendos, discovered through participating in the various INTERACTIVE ART INSTALLATIONS presented, as well as a play on words for raising awareness for World Peace and other global issues.

People’s Choice, Award-Winning Food Trucks Crazydilla and JOJI Yogurt were available!

The Lady Buggies of Wynwood provided entertainment all day alongside Music Producers Jason Perez Music, Miss DChamps and a few Surprise Special Guests!

10% of the profits from sales and vendors plus 60% of the profit from the sales of SolarPuffâ„¢ Light Support Packs benefitted #LOVEStory, the documentary film, and the Art Without Borders Miami mission to take SolarPuffâ„¢ Lights and awareness of the World Refugee Crisis to the world’s stage in an art installation at Burning Man 2016 as well as to provide Solar Light and Aid to Syrian refugees.

#LOVEStory #LoveIsTheSolution #BombWynwood#WorldPeaceMuralTour #Gallery212Miami

To Support the Mission, Buy & Learn More About SolarPuffâ„¢ Lights and Art Without Borders Miami visit


Gallery 212 Miami Contact Gallery212Miami.Wordpress.com516.532.3040 Michael Perez.

Event Producer, Media Contact

Photographs by Anthony Jordon of Moving Art ATL: Miami Edition on 7/9/16

“Not all art hangs on a wall. Sometimes, it moves. And in especially exciting instances, art happens live and in person. Moving Art ATL decided to explore this concept further back in the spring of 2015, fusing yoga and art. And now, the Georgia collective is bringing it to Miami with a few more—shall we say—moving parts. In addition to yoga, Moving Art ATL: Miami Edition, the organization’s fifth regional edition, also includes live body painting and performance art. Yogis, athletes, body painters, dancers, artistic vendors, and more share the commonalities of their individualized expression while DJ Empress Rah provides the soundtrack. Come to stretch your body and mind. Moving Art ATL’s Miami Edition takes place at the Wynwood Warehouse Project (450 NW 27th Ave., Miami) this Saturday at 8 p.m.” – Miami New Times