Things to do in Miami: “The Center of Post-Capitalist History” at Laundromat Art Space
Laundromat Art Space is an artist-run studio and exhibition complex located in the Little Haiti neighborhood of Miami. Founded in 2015 by a collective of alumni from Wynwood Arts District venues, the arts complex focuses on developing regional and local contemporary artists. Currently on view at the studio is “The Center for Post-Capitalist History” (CPCH), an exhibition created by artist Leah Sandler.
“The CPCH staging area at Laundromat Art Space,” explains director Ron Sanchez, “is an exhibition of video, text, photography, and digital assets that guide the viewer into a possible future dealing with the emergencies of ‘today through the voice of fiction. museum.’
Sanchez goes on to define the CPCH as a fictional museum that introduces the viewer to an ambiguous archival process, depicting a future landscape of disruption and homelessness inherited from current conditions. With specific writing, production and design strategies, Sanchez says this project stands as an institution and intervenes in our lived reality through his voice.
According to Orlando-based interdisciplinary artist, writer, and educator Leah Sandler, CPCH is a conceptual project that plays with the boundaries between reality and fiction.
“It presents viewers with speculation about possible futures in different forms,” she explains. “It has been shown in the form of installations in shop windows, guerrilla radio interventions, printed publications and exhibitions.”
Sandler considers herself an artist and writer who works in a variety of disciplines and media.
“I am influenced by my locality in Florida and the experiences I have had in inadequate public systems in a state dangerously vulnerable to climate change, with a visible wealth gap and looming housing crises in major cities,” says -she.
By combining video, text, drawing, flags and collaborative interdisciplinary projects, she creates parafictional worlds. These parafictions flesh out institutions, stories, manifestos and imagined landscapes.
In its manifestos and strategies, the CPCH encourages the understanding of human history as the history of species on the scale of geological time. One such fictional strategy, “embodied archiving,” is a poetic description of an interconnected and entangled human body functioning as an archival repository.
The project was made possible through collaborations between Sandler and a network of other creatives such as designer Britta Seisums Davis, photographer Steve Gula, designer Casandra Hill, voice actor Wes Keeley, fashion designer Bethany Mikell, sound engineer/dubber Jared Silvia, photographer and videographer. Kyle Robert Smith, voice actor Genevieve Steele and video editor Zach Trebino.
An artist evolving at the heart of capitalism, the multidisciplinary artist admits that post-capitalism is a subject she approaches “with great apprehension”. Sandler also holds “a hopeful acknowledgment that we are planting the seeds of the future in the present, but also an awareness of many of the contradictions, ironies, and inevitable complicities of artistic work at the heart of that -this”.
– Jonel Just, ArtburstMiami.com
“The Center for Post-Capitalist History.” On view through May 5 at Laundromat Art Space, 185 NE 59th St., Miami; laundromatartspace.com. Tuesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday and Monday by appointment only.