PAMM INAUGURATES AN EXHIBITION BY FELIPE MUJICA IN COLLABORATION WITH THE MICCOSUKEE TRIBE IN SOUTH FLORIDA
Felipe Mujica: The Swaying Motion on the Bank of the River Falls highlights the ecological and cultural diversity of South Florida in collaboration with the Miccosukee tribe. It features an installation of over 20 new fabric panels, or “curtains,” that spatially interact with the museum as well as function as visual, tactile and conceptual surfaces of inclusion, dialogue, specifically with the tradition of Patchwork of the Miccosukee Tribe. The project is the result of a years-long collaboration between the Chilean artist and Khadijah Cypress, a Miccosukee artisan.
The works often serve as modifiable extensions to the space in which they are displayed; some of them are movable, redirecting the viewer’s passage through the exhibition and thus proposing a dynamic composition that is not determined in advance, but varies depending on the interaction with the work. The geometric designs on many of these curtains are inspired by themes close to the artist, or by the work of other artists belonging to the historical avant-gardes such as Alexander Rodchenko and Paul Klee.
Another fundamental aspect of his practice is to open up his art to dialogue with others through a socially engaged production. For example, in his project for the 32nd São Paulo Biennial, Mujica worked in partnership with Brazilian designers and embroiderers from a local community to employ their personal knowledge and techniques to produce the panels. In Mexico for the XIII Bienal FEMSA, Mujica worked in partnership with the Wixárikas artisans from Zacatecas to introduce their cultural knowledge and traditional beading method into his abstract designed panels.
For this exhibition, the patchwork designs incorporated in traditional Miccosukee garments and decorations represent abstracted interpretations of the natural world in which the tribes are immersed, featuring motifs such as alligators, rain, river, wind, and even a man on horse—an iconic symbol of colonial power. By incorporating these abstracted yet traditional designs into this collaborative work, Mujica conveys his research on geometric abstraction and its history, as well as a sensitivity to a metaphysical exploration of the world.
While inside the gallery space, viewers will be surrounded with approximately 12-15 curtains bearing symbols and patterns of the outdoor world as seen through the Miccosukee eye. Additional curtains will be placed in outside areas of the museum that shall be visible from the gallery’s window. The exhibition space will also be used as a platform for Miccosukee artisans and community members to engage with the public through programming that will share important aspects of their culture and traditions—providing a space for audiences to reflect and educate themselves on Miami’s neighbors of today and some of the earliest inhabitants of Florida.
Go behind-the-scenes of "Felipe Mujica: The Swaying Motion on the Bank of the River Falls” with the artist, Miccosukee artisan Khadijah Cypress, and exhibition curator Jennifer Inacio, as they create the works for the show opening May 20. Get your tickets: https://t.co/75TWluWoow pic.twitter.com/cQL0BzmseZ— Pérez Art Museum Miami (@pamm) May 18, 2021
Felipe Mujica (b. 1974, Santiago, Chile) studied art at the Universidad Católica de Chile. After art school he co-founded the artist-run space Galería Chilena, which operated from 1997 to 2005, first as a nomadic and commercial art gallery and later as a collaborative art project, a curatorial “experiment.” In early 2000 Mujica moved to New York City where he currently lives and works. Parallel and interrelated to his own work, Mujica has organized and produced numerous collaborative projects, including exhibitions and books. And he has exhibited in numerous world-famous galleries and institutions.
Felipe Mujica: The Swaying Motion on the Bank of the River Falls
May 20, 2021 —Spring 2022
Pérez Art Museum Miami