Morel Doucet. While this Haitian-born, Miami-raised artist has most recently shown work in ceramics, Morel Doucet’s upcoming project, “New Kin, Black Kin” incorporates the flora of neighborhoods like Liberty City, Allapattah, Little Haiti, and Overtown into charcoal drawings of black portraiture. Doucet has explained that using materials like leaves, bark, and coral – whether molded in clay or pressed and affixed to paper – grounds him in his ancestral roots and ethnic identity. “New Kin, Black Kin” is more specifically an exploration of how this identity connects the artist to the land that, through climate gentrification and racial violence, could eventually witness the erasure of black bodies. The portraits themselves are soft and embracing of their subjects, transforming the landscape from something dangerous and rejecting into a witness to beauty. He’ll be showing the work at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center in the spring of 2019.
Terence Price. The first and only South Florida-born artist on this list loses nothing in terms of significance and impact by being from around here. Terence Price’s work in both video and photography touches on a range of subjects from black masculinity to biking culture to a family coping with gentrification. But he got his start documenting his surroundings in Carol City and Miramar High School. His photographs take the tradition of street photography and run with it, while his short videos seem to linger dreamily frame by frame. Oftentimes coupled with heavily meditative poetry, Price's images address issues of gun violence and gentrification without sacrificing the intimacy of chronicling his own family and community. Price’s first-ever solo exhibition will open at ArtCenter South Florida on January 16.
water RIGHTS” show, which centered around the history of the denial of black people's access to water, recently won her an Ellie award. It was born out of her attraction to Miami Urban Beach Week, which brought back fond memories of Caribbean Carnival. Rahaman’s most enduring work, however, is her Black Florida project. For several years now, Rahaman has traveled across the state to neighborhoods and towns that are historically black, from Liberty City and West Palm Beach to Eatonville and Palatka. While her portraits are often joyful and warm, the most poignant and unique feature of her work is her storytelling, which blends history and context with humanity and depth.