“[Miami] is a place where many people came from other places, whether through voluntary immigration, forced displacement, or exile," Carvajal says. "We are also a frontier city, a crossroads of the Americas, but we have a history of ethnic segregation in the city. [With Living Together], we are trying to find ways to engage the diversity of Miami and think about how our differences might do more than divide us... We want to engage with art and foster a sense of inclusion and belonging here in Miami.”
Living Together, which has presented performance art, film screenings, and lectures since January, will conclude with an exhibition by South African artist and activist William Kentridge on the second floor of the Freedom Tower. Titled More Sweetly Play the Dance, Kentridge’s massive, 130-foot, eight-channel video installation challenges viewers to think critically about humanity, equality, and race, all topics of personal interest to the artist.
The video footage in More Sweetly Play the Dance was partly filmed live and partly an animation of Kentridge’s signature charcoal drawings. The installation surrounds viewers, immersing them in a deluge of sound and images that “will involve you completely," Carvajal says. "[The act of viewing] is very performative... There are people in movement [in the video] around you. You are at the center of this.”
The video installation includes footage of a funeral procession reminiscent of the danse macabre, a New Orleans jazz funeral. “This kaleidoscopic parade of death includes a brass band in the lead, followed by people carrying possessions or shrouded bodies; robed figures holding giant classical busts, portraits, or birdcages; priests bearing funereal lilies; patients dragging their IV drips; skeletons; and a live ballerina... who wears a military uniform and carries a rifle,” describes a release for the exhibition.
"[Kentridge] is certainly someone who through his work fosters a sense of belonging and inclusion," she adds, "and that’s very much something we need here in Miami.”
William Kentridge: More Sweetly Play the Dance. Through January 20, 2019, at the Museum of Art and Design at Miami Dade College, Freedom Tower, 600 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; mdcmoad.org. Admission costs $12 for adults, $8 for seniors and military, and $5 for students aged 13 to 17 and college students with valid ID; children 12 or younger and MOAD members, MDC students, faculty, and staff get in free.