As midnight approached the waterfront of South Beach, Miami, curator Larry Gagosian sipped on flutes of Crystal while rapper P-Diddy bid on a 1918 Picasso, “Vénus et Amour” during the annual art fair, Art Basel. Across town, outside the big tent atmosphere, away from the flashbulbs we danced through the streets of Little Haiti alongside a Haitian rara band.
At the time Miami real-estate prices hit new heights, buoyed by Basel’s annual presence. As my peers and I were priced out of art studios in the Design District and neighboring Wynwood, we found refuge an economically underserved community called Little Haiti.
At the time the area was known to be a crime ridden destitute far from the glittery facade of South Beach. That was not the case. Little Haiti’s paint chipped pastel buildings housed an overlooked vibrant arts community comprised of art galleries, libraires, musicians, French-Creole restaurants, and performance spaces.
We wanted to find a way to connect this burgeoning community of local artists to the international jet set that descends each year. In an effort to support Little Haiti’s creative community I co-founded #IHAITIBASEL. An arts showcase and user aggregated online map, inviting residents to submit their local businesses, galleries and events.
The showcase attracted massive attendance and worlds collided in a refreshing way. Little Haiti is now a main location for Art Basel, where experimental pieces, fresh perspectives and underrepresented populations can thrive.
Under the collaborative name MGKAT, I worked alongside a team of creatives in order to produce #IHAITIBASEL, I produced and managed all of the projects content from conception to execution.
- Zebra Katz
- Mykki Blanco
- Prince Rama
- Afro Beta
- Richard Kennedy
- Kriz Rara
- Whatever 21
- Tatsuya Nakatani