AfriKin Art Fair 2024: Threads of Life in Fragments of Time A Cultural Odyssey at the Heart of Miami Art Week.

As highlighted by The New York Times, the AfriKin Art Fair 2024, themed “Threads of Life in Fragments of Time,” will illuminate the global art scene from December 1st to December 8th for its 10th year anniversary at Maison AfriKin, located within the Scott Galvin Community Center in North Miami during the peak of Miami Art Week/Art Basel Miami Beach. This exposition is more than a group show; it’s a profound journey through the interconnectedness of human existence, the cosmos, and the transcendent powers of the arts.

Event Details:

  • Venue: Maison AfriKin, Scott Galvin Community Center, 1600 NE 126th Street, North Miami, FL 33181
  • VIP Opening & Press Preview: December 1, 2024, 6 pm – 9 pm
  • Public Days: December 2 – 8, 2024, 11 am – 9 pm

Global Narrative: The fair will weave a dynamic tapestry showcasing a broad spectrum of African Contemporary Fine Art, responding to the times and reflecting on the essential threads that bind us across dimensions of time and space. Through this exploration, “Threads of Life in Fragments of Time” invites attendees to delve into the deep connectivity that defines our collective journey through the cosmos. It focuses on the invisible yet palpable threads that connect us, weaving a rich narrative of African Contemporary Fine Art and highlighting the global impact of African creativity and how we are all just familiar strangers.

Miami, the burgeoning Mecca of the art world, will once again host this transformative event. The fair aims to serve as a nexus for artists, collectors, curators, and art enthusiasts from around the globe, showcasing a diverse range of artworks and installations that speak to the dynamic expressions of life and the universe.

Artistic Explorations:

  1. Performance Art: Experience the mesmerizing world of performance artists, as they explore the invisible connections that weave through our lives, transcending barriers and languages.
  2. Climate Change Installation: A pivotal water exhibit featuring digital mapping to express its critical impact globally, with a special focus on a water world inclined towards sustainability in the environmental and social level, illustrating our interconnected ecological climate.
  3. Digital and Visual Arts: “Submerged Sentience” premieres a series of innovative immersive artworks that respond to contemporary ecological and social challenges. This segment features a rich tapestry of expressions through words, film, performance, and visuals. Highlights include the vibrant “Delta’s Roar” in Africa, capturing the dynamic ecosystem and its challenges, and “The Salted Language,” a silent poetic narrative that explores the nuances of environmental impact and cultural heritage. Together, these pieces create a compelling dialogue on the urgency and beauty of our shared environment.

Special Highlights:

  • Live Health Engagements: A group of doctors will be onsite for health screenings, emphasizing the fair’s theme, “Art Saves Lives,” by directly engaging with community wellness.
  • Cultural Performances: Celebrate diversity through dance, including captivating Global African performance, embodying the fair’s commitment to inclusivity and diversity.
  • Curatorial Integrity: A guest curator from Africa and a committee of global experts ensure a broad, authentic representation of African contemporary fine art, focusing on amplifying under-represented voices.

Engagement Opportunities:

  • AfriKin Talk – Familiar Strangers: On December 7th, this talk will explore the existential threads of shared human experiences, utilizing art as a medium to connect, inspire, and catalyze change.
  • AfriKin Fashion – Weave of Wonders: On December 8th, experience a runway show that blends traditional craftsmanship with contemporary design, showcasing the innovation of African fashion.

What to Expect: The AfriKin Art Fair 2024 will feature an eclectic mix of contemporary African art, from traditional mediums to cutting-edge digital works, each embodying the fair’s theme of interconnectedness and temporal exploration. Attendees can look forward to a week filled with exclusive viewings, artist talks, and immersive installations, all aimed at fostering a deep appreciation for the role of art in understanding our shared human experience.

In a groundbreaking initiative at the 2024 AfriKin Art Fair, AfriKin is thrilled to introduce a youth-curated section, a vibrant showcase where high school students will take the helm as curators and exhibitors. This pioneering segment aims to foster the next generation of art enthusiasts and professionals by granting them the opportunity to engage directly with the fair’s overarching theme, “Threads of Life in Fragments of Time.” Through this immersive experience, students will not only curate a selection of artworks but also contribute their own pieces, creating a dynamic space that reflects their interpretations of our interconnected existence. This initiative underscores our commitment to inclusivity and education, providing a platform for young voices to express their creativity, insights, and visions in alignment with the global narrative of the AfriKin Art Fair.

In light of the recent controversial climate change legislation in Florida, AfriKin stands in solidarity with the voices advocating for urgent climate action. As residents of South Florida, we are acutely aware of the critical importance of addressing climate change. Our region is particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate-related events, and this year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has issued warnings of one of the highest severe hurricane seasons on record. These warnings underscore the necessity for immediate and decisive measures to mitigate the effects of climate change.

AfriKin Art Fair 2024 is deeply committed to raising awareness and fostering dialogue around climate change. This year’s theme, “Threads of Life in Fragments of Time,” will prominently feature installations and artworks that explore the interconnectedness of human existence and the cosmos, with a special focus on environmental sustainability. One of the key highlights of the fair will be the Climate Change Installation and “Submerged Sentience”, a pivotal exhibit that uses digital mapping to vividly illustrate the global impact of climate change. This installation will emphasize the importance of water sustainability and showcase innovative approaches to environmental and social resilience.

By integrating these critical issues into our event, AfriKin aims to educate and inspire our community to take proactive steps towards a sustainable future to the likes of The Water is Life (#WaterIsLife) campaign by the Miami-Dade Water & Sewer company. The AfriKin Art Fair 2024 is not just an exhibition of art; it is a call to action, urging all attendees to recognize the urgent need for climate action and to contribute to the global effort to combat climate change.

Call to Artists: AfriKin extends an open invitation to artists from Global Africa and its Diasporas to submit their works for consideration. This year’s fair not only seeks to showcase the vibrant tapestry of African art but also to amplify under-represented voices, offering a platform for new and emerging talents to shine.

AfriKin’s founder Alfonso Brooks said: “On this 10-year anniversary I recognize more than ever that our creative expressions are the foundation of our liberation. With love as our weapon, we know that our voice of unity will lead to peace and prosperity. They tried to separate us, but we go beyond barriers. Art transcends language and other social constructs. We have an assignment to dream without borders and this is but the beginning, from tradition to contemporaneity. From the Sub-Sahara to Salvador de Bahia, we will continue to cultivate positive activism through the arts.”

About AfriKin: AfriKin is a platform that showcases the artistry and innovation of Africa and its diaspora. By fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation of African art and culture, AfriKin promotes dialogue and connectivity among diverse communities globally.

Contact Information: For more details, participation, or inquiries, please contact: Email: info@afrikin.org

Join Us: The 2024 AfriKin Art Fair promises to be an unforgettable journey, uniting artists, collectors, curators, and art lovers from around the world. This is not just an event; it is a beacon for the power of art to unite, heal, and reveal the invisible threads that connect us all. We invite you to join us from December 1st to December 8th at Maison AfriKin, located within the Scott Galvin Community Center in North Miami, to experience the transformative power of art and its ability to connect us, inspire change, and illuminate the path towards a sustainable future. Together, we can make a difference and ensure that the threads of life continue to weave a tapestry of hope and resilience for generations to come.

Location: Maison AfriKin, 1600 NE 126th St., North Miami, FL 33181

Date: December 1st – 8th

Time: 11 am – 9 pm

For tickets, scheduling, and more details, please visit AfriKin.art or on social media @afrikinnation

For media inquiries and more details, please contact: media@afrikin.org

YouTube Promo: https://youtu.be/0CfLXGl4sS0

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About AfriKin

The 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, AfriKin creates cultural connections through masterful artistry and meaningful conversations. The term AfriKin is the fusion of two words — Africa and kinship. AfriKin sustains cultural programming designed to highlight the role of art and culture in human development and enrichment in South Florida. AfriKin exists as an effort to create opportunities for positive transformation through thought and action sustained by academic articulations, aesthetic imaginations for the development of cultural industries. AfriKin emphasizes cultural connection and kinship across ethnic lines. It focuses on engagement and quality of care, championing Global Africa’s image to allow more strategic partnerships. AfriKin Art 2024 is brought to you with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, The North Miami Community Redevelopment Agency (NoMiCRA), the Greater Miami Convention and Visitor Bureau (GMCVB) Art of Black Miami, Councilman Scott Galvin and the City of North Miami.