Art Africa Mi­ami to launch 2017 with lec­ture from Lyric Prince

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MI­AMI – On Novem­ber 3, renowned black fe­male artist Lyric Prince will launch this year’s Art Africa Mi­ami Fair with a lec­ture en­ti­tled “New Per­spec­tives On A Chang­ing Art World: The Work of African Di­as­pora Arts.”

It is lo­cated in His­toric Over­town be­tween the Pan-African Pav­il­ion at 919 Lyric Plaza and the op­po­site 920 his­toric Clyde Kil­lens’ build­ing both on NE 2 Av­enue in Over­town,

Kick­ing off the opening day of Art Week when thou­sands of col­lec­tors, deal­ers, cu­ra­tors and artists de­scend upon Mi­ami, Art Africa is renown for its avant-garde gallery-like decor, out­stand­ing qual­ity and ex­tra­or­di­nary va­ri­ety.

It is Mi­ami's pre­mier an­chor fair for artists from the African Di­as­pora and this year marks the sev­enth year it has show­cased the best in con­tem­po­rary black art.

Born and raised in Rich­mond, VA, Prince re­ceived her Bach­e­lor’s in Fine Arts from Saint Joseph’s Univer­sity, and re­cently com­pleted a M.S. in Sci­ence, Tech­nol­ogy and So­ci­ety from Drexel Univer­sity.

She is cur­rently re­search­ing med­i­cal an­thro­pol­ogy, mass me­dia rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the body and vis­ual cul­ture on­line. Her past ex­pe­ri­ence in­cludes dig­i­tal in­stal­la­tions, blog­ging, draw­ing and paint­ing large-scale works in live set­tings.

The in­spi­ra­tion be­hind her work can be cap­tured in three seg­ments: Move­ment, Per­son-hood and Trans­for­ma­tion. She cur­rently lives and works in Philadel­phia and Wash­ing­ton, DC.

In the last three decades, global con­tem­po­rary art has been rethought and re­con­sti­tuted many times. Prince’s lec­ture seeks to en­gage the role of African Di­as­pora arts in th­ese pro­cesses over time rather than on what they were, still are or imag­ined to be; held at the mar­gins of con­tem­po­rary ex­pres­sions.

Art Africa Mi­ami has grown into a lead­ing po­si­tion in Amer­ica's con­tem­po­rary art fair mar­ket. It is the orig­i­nal and long­est-run­ning con­tem­po­rary art fair solely show­cas­ing black di­as­pora artists in Mi­ami and con­tin­ues to re­ceive praise for the va­ri­ety of un­par­al­leled art that it of­fers.

It is called the 'not-to-be missed' event for all se­ri­ous col­lec­tors, cu­ra­tors, mu­seum di­rec­tors and in­te­rior de­sign­ers, pro­vid­ing an in­ti­mate look at some of the most im­por­tant work at the fore­front of the in­ter­na­tional con­tem­po­rary black art move­ment.

This year’s theme is “Back To Black: No On/Off Ramp,” which ex­plores how Black Arts re­spond to the as­saults that cur­rently be­set the global African Di­as­pora and the world at large; and how artists of African de­scent and of the global south cre­ate modes of in­ter­ven­tion of rad­i­cal au­ton­omy.

It is a mul­ti­me­dia pre­sen­ta­tion in­clud­ing paint­ings, sculp­tures, pho­tog­ra­phy, in­stal­la­tion and video as well as per­for­mance ex­plor­ing how al­ter­na­tive nar­ra­tives con­front the resur­gence of op­pres­sion and the idea of Black arts’ in­ter­ven­tion in the cul­tural sphere as both nec­es­sary and ur­gent. It brings about 25 artists from the United States, Africa, Europe, the Caribbean and Latin Amer­ica.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit: www.artafricami­am­i­fair.com, call 954-3388670 or fol­low on so­cial me­dia @ArtAfricaMia.

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