FOUNTAINHEAD BIENNIAL II
THURSDAY, JULY 27, 2023
OPENING RECEPTION 6PM-9PM
The exhibition takes its name from the poem "Últimos días de una casa" (1958) by Dulce María Loynaz. Guest curator Omar López-Chahoud selected artworks with an austere, conceptual style, whose messages are rarely direct. Sometimes the only way truth-telling can land is by telling it obliquely, in code, or behind a veil. Manipulating a wide variety of media, video, installation, sculpture, performance, and two-dimensional works, the artists in the exhibition employ the social space of the gallery to engage the public.
López-Chahoud selected a group of twenty artists from twelve countries, making this edition of the Biennial one that appreciates the global reach of the Fountainhead Residency. Emerson Dorsch Gallery launched the first in a series of exhibitions called The Fountainhead Biennial in 2021 as a way to engage with artworks by select Fountainhead Residency alumni. The Fountainhead Residency has forged meaningful connections between Miami's art scene and more than 500 artists from 49 countries. In doing so, it has made a substantial contribution to Miami’s art scene.
One of Emerson Dorsch Gallery’s partners, Tyler Emerson-Dorsch, is particularly interested in the role of exhibitions in shaping the reception of art, and so the gallery invites a guest curator to curate each edition of the Fountainhead Biennial. The first edition was curated by Terri C. Smith.
Andrés Aizicovich, Rodrigue Mouchez Armendariz, Patricia Ayres, Merav Kamel & Halil Balabin, Minia Biabiany, Miguel Braceli, Héctor Jiménez Castillo, Adama Delphine Fawundu, Cathy Hsiao, Karlo Andrei Ibarra, Manoela Medeiros, Irini Miga, Terrence Musekiwa, Mano Penalva, Umar Rashid, Crack Rodríguez, Máret Ánne Sara, Joaquín Segura, and Andrey Gûaîanã Zignnatto.
About the curator:
Omar López-Chahoud has been UNTITLED's Artistic Director and Curator since its founding in 2012. As an independent curator, López-Chahoud has curated and co-curated numerous exhibitions in the United States and internationally. Most recently, he became the International Director of Y. ES Contemporary. López-Chahoud has participated in curatorial panel discussions at Artists' Space, Art in General, MoMA PS1, and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. López-Chahoud earned MFAs from Yale University School of Art and the Royal Academy of Art in London.
Image Credit: Courtesy of the artist and Matthew Brown. Photography by Ed Mumford