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By Jeané Neal

“Imagined Landscapes” is one of the newest exhibits to debut at the 4-month-old Perez Art Museum Miami.

Artists Edouard Duval-Carrié is Haitian-born but his work is based in Miami. He is best known for traditional Haitian iconography but also the Caribbean on a whole. His artwork challenges what most “think” the atmosphere and life in the Caribbean should be like.

Most people imagine a tropical get-a-way as serene, turmoil-free and heaven sent. Other media like commercials, websites, tv shows etc. have the tendency to show the “wind in your hair-Colgate smile” type of advertisements but it is much deeper than that. Ignorance is bliss although it is never too late to learn either. I commend Duval-Carrié for his realist views instead of painting the perfect picture (no pun intended) when we all know there are two sides to everything. The islands are beautiful and angelic indeed but there is also a history of pain and suffering.

Art is open to interpretation and to each his own. I’m excited to see the story that his artwork will tell.
Fortunately, I just so happen to be a member of PAMM so I’ll be able to give you an in-depth review once the exhibit has commenced. The Vernissage for Imagined Landscapes is today, March 13, 2014 at 7 p.m. You do not have to be a member to visit the museum, get cultured and live!

Support The Arts!

Love and Light <3

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