Founded in 1985 by artists and for artists, in a former industrial Art Deco-era bakery, Bakehouse Art Complex provides coveted studio residencies, infrastructure, and community to enable the highest level of artistic creativity, development, and collaboration for the most promising talent. It currently provides studio spaces for approximately 50 artists.
From its inception, Bakehouse has provided emerging and mid-career artists with the opportunity to creatively explore and develop their artistic endeavors. It provides an engaging environment for artists to inspire and encourage each other and inform and attract new artists.
Bakehouse is now positioned for its next stage of development and to play a critical role in the collective efforts to build a strong and sustainable ecosystem in Miami in which artists and the arts can thrive. A master plan is currently underway to determine the highest and best use of its impressive 2.5-acre campus to better serve the needs of Miami’s cultural community.
Maritza Caneca was born in 1964 in Rio de Janeiro. She now lives between Miami and Rio de Janeiro. Caneca started her career as a director of photography, where she explored the dialogue between fiction and reality. Involved in the world of the cinema, Caneca captures a poetic sense in her images, which appear to be disconnected from usual chronological time. Caneca started her Swimming Pool Series, featured in the exhibition, in 2012 after a visit to the hacienda of her paternal grandparents where she spent childhood vacations. The pool was the epicenter of crowed family lunches and a space of delight and games. She has photographed full and empty pools throughout the world and in cities such as Rio, Sao Paulo, Istanbul, Havana, Jerusalem, Cartagena, Miami, Lisbon, Porto, Hanoi, Bangkok, among others. Each can be read as an image of a visual diary.
Gabriela Gamboa is a visual artist working with a broad range of media, including photography, video and performance, sound and printmaking. Though she was born in Pittsburgh, she spent the better part of her life in Venezuela. Her work draws strongly on current affairs and the effect of disruptive political agendas resulting in displacement and upheaval. Gamboa worked as a still photographer in the film industry for many years and considers this experience the cornerstone of her strong belief in collaborative and participatory artistic practice. In the early nineties she co-founded the experimental multimedia group Polyburo and participated in the sound collective Musikautomatika, developing performances deeply rooted in the physicality of communication and the politics of language.
Jacqueline Gomez promotes the study of Florida’s ancient inhabitants and illustrate the need for more vigorous preservation. Miami is one of the earliest human habitation sites in eastern North America. Its human history stretches back over a millenium. The City was founded atop the very native settlements chosen for their geographical advantages. Pride and preservation of this incredible historical lineage has never been a political priority. Government officials have repeatedly sacrificed the cultural heritage to intensive urban development. Little professional archeological work was done in Miami-Dade County until well into the 20th century. What evidence that has not been destroyed by developers, looters, and the passage of time has shown us that conventional knowledge about the indigenous peoples of Florida has been almost willfully misrepresented, prolonging a false narrative disparaging the accomplishments of Florida’s indigenous populations. Typically, their ancient sites are treated as if they were merely a nuisance in the way of progress.
Miami-based artist Adler Guerrier works in a variety of media, including sculpture, photography, prints, and collaged works-on-paper. His practice investigates the mutability of text and image and the variability of meaning. His work explores the rich territory between politics and poetics. Often using Miami as a physical site and an embodiment of realized (and unrealized) moments in American political and social history, Guerrier examines, repurposes, and sometimes fictionalizes the city through his work. His oeuvre is expansive in its engagement with the urban environment, art history, and materials.