If you were puzzled, as I was, by artist Jamilah Sabur’s haunting, opaque show at Dimensions Variable at Miami Dade College, this Thursday night is your chance to hear her explain. Miami-based Sabur’s exhibit If Defined, Then Undefine, is packed with personal memories and meaning related to her Jamaican roots. Among them are her mother’s house in Jamaica, close to a house where Latin American revolutionary hero Simon Bolivar briefly lived in Jamaica (while he sought support from the British for his cause); the rising ocean. And old-fashioned plaster and lathe construction, which she turns into tall, white-washed, fragile-seeming, faintly ghostly structures, which seem to bulge with spirits.
Dimensions Variable’s co-directors, the artists Leyden Rodriguez-Casanova and Frances Trombly, are dedicated to giving artists (often local) a space to truly experiment and try things out, and to provoke discussion around those experiments – what they mean, how they’re received. The talk with Sabur at DV tonight is meant to deepen and open up that conversation beyond opening night.
Lecture with Jamilah Sabur is at 6:30 p.m. Thursday June 22 at the MDC Live Arts Lab, on the ground floor of Building 1 at Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus, 300 NE 2nd Ave., Miami. Enter at the Southwest corner.