32. Annie Hollingsworth
In honor of our MasterMind genius awards, Cultist proudly presents "100 Creatives," where we feature Miami's cultural superheroes in random order. Have suggestions for future profiles? Email firstname.lastname@example.org with the whos and whys.
32. Annie Hollingsworth
Annie Hollingsworth is a visual artist, dancer, choreographer, and writer who says she is a Brooklyn girl at heart -- but she belongs to Miami now. According to Hollingsworth, her visual work "traces the fundamental dynamics underneath mundane experience." She follows a kind of ritualistic process and moves between realities, which must be why Hollingsworth is able to live an anything-but-mundane life in Miami.
After graduating from Brown, Hollingsworth moved to New York City where
she became a student of Haitian folkloric dance, based on ritual
movement and storytelling. She continued her studies under Mikerline
Pierre, a dancer trained at Haiti's prestigious Enarts dance school, and
performed with Mikerline Dance Troupe for three years. Hollingsworth
says that since she's been in Miami her "dance work is moving towards
something that would best be described as performance, or even
In 2010 Hollingsworth choreographed a piece based
on Gede (the spirits of the dead), in which the vodou spirits that
embody the powers of death and fertility are celebrated. Hollingsworth
loves this tradition so much that she says she'll "dance in just about
any performance in the Afro-Cuban or Afro-Haitian tradition." It's a
small community, and one in which Hollingsworth has found a second home.
Last year Hollingsworth won the Artlurker Writer's Prize, which
was made possible by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight
Foundation, and has since written for Artlurker.com, NO MAD Magazine,
and, most recently, Art Papers. She has produced international art
exhibitions, large-scale commissions, and exhibition catalogues. Lest we forget, Hollingsworth is also the assistant director at the Dorsch Gallery.
1. List five things that inspire you.
- Dancing for the orishas
- Nice beats
- Maya Deren
- Haitian Kreyol
- The possibility of travel
2. What was your last big project?
winning the Artlurker prize last summer, I was given the challenge of
writing eight articles in eight weeks. I got a crash course not only in
the Miami art scene but also in processing my experience of other
people's work quickly and precisely. Even though I believe,
philosophically, that words are a powerful creative force, I had never
considered writing as integral to visual art. I had always put words and
images in separate categories. It was a surprise to learn that building
conversation around visual work is as abstract as making something, and
equally powerful in terms of bringing ideas into form.
3. What's your next big project?
I'm considering the space between dance and visual art, both visually
and in writing. I'm also developing ideas for a workshop on Congolese
and Yoruban dance and music that would bring guest teachers to Miami
and highlight some of the incredible teachers living here.
4. Why do you do what you do?
It's a simple search for truth and happiness.
5. What's something you want Miami to know about you? What's something you don't want Miami to know about you?
people in Miami know me in only one of my roles - a dancer, a writer,
the assistant at Dorsch Gallery. I am all of them plus some I haven't
mentioned, and any work I do comes out of that complexity. I have no
attachment to what form my creative work takes.
My secret? I'll always
be a Brooklyn girl at heart.
--Neil de la Flor of artburstmiami.com
The Creatives so far:
40. Heather Maloney
41. Jorge Rubiera
42. Elaine Lancaster
43. Nick Duckart
44. Danielle Estefan
45. John Dufresne
46. Monica Lopez de Victoria
47. Bill Bilowit
48. Alette Simmons-Jimenez
49. Tawnie Silva
50. Ginger Bardot
51. Jonathan David Kane
52. Naomi Fisher
53. Rocky Grimes
54. Teresa Barcelo
55. Paul Tei
56. Lee Materazzi
58. Anna Mixon
59. Octavio Campos
60. P. Scott Cunningham
61. Elena Garcia
62. Summer Hill
63. Autumn Casey
64. Juan Navarro
65. Serge Toussaint
66. David Rohn
67. Diane Brache
68. Spencer Morin
69. James Anthony
70. Jim Drain
71. Claudia Calle
72. Kevin Arrow
73. Andrew Hevia
74. Ana Mendez
75. Michael McKeever
76. Diana Lozano
77. Ricardo Pau-Llosa
78. Agustina Woodgate
79. Tarell Alvin McCraney
80. Jennifer Kronenberg
81. Farley Aguilar
82. Colin Foord
83. Karelle Levy
84. Matt Gajewski
85. Antonia Wright
86. Allen Charles Klein
87. Christy Gast
88. Gustavo Matamoros
89. Shareen Rubiera-Sarwar
90. Kyle Trowbridge
91. Clifton Childree
92. Jessica Gross
93. Danny Brito
94. Nektar de Stagni
95. Anthony Spinello
96. Vanessa Garcia
97. Justin Long
98. Rosie Herrera
99. Rick Falcon
100. Ingrid B
Follow Cultist on Facebook and Twitter @CultistMiami.
Get the Arts & Culture Newsletter
Find out about arts and culture events in Miami and offers you won't hear about anywhere else.