THE FROST ART MUSEUM presents Contemporary Families in Miami: A Photo Album, an interactive art project by Lorna Otero, a multifaceted Puerto Rican artist who is also a theater and TV. producer. In one of the galleries of the museum, Otero has set out to build a tree from floor to ceiling, displaying as its leaves dozens of family pictures provided by Miami residents. Conceived as an ongoing project, some of the photos will be taken by the visitors themselves during the show.
The interactive art practices will include a weekend activity performed by the viewers such as shared family time over dinner, in a living room, and the simulation of a picnic constructed in the loft of the museum. Thus this family time increasingly shared less and less will be converted into a live-in situation staged within the walls of a museum.
The exhibition suggests inquires into the nature of shared life reflecting the iconography of contemporary families in Miami. In addition to the above, Otero will present her own appropriation of the work of female artist that throughout the centuries represented this subject while struggling with their roles as artist in their own personal life. This latest photographic series consisting in mainly appropriations of female artists such as A, B, C, D, and E.
The exhibition curated by Aluna Curatorial Collective is an interactive art project that acts as a research strategy based on collective imaginaries of contemporary immigrant families living in a multicultural city. An early phase, curated by Laura Bravo, was presented at the MAC, Puerto Rico under the tile of Family Album and which was made up of photos sent from all over. With this latest version, the project begins to travel from city to city with the objective of reflecting an up-to-date vision of the families that make up each local population.
Ultimately, Lorna Otero succeeds in melting the boundaries between art and pedagogy; between staging and interactive installations that combine design and acting directions with relational aesthetics. The artist accomplishes this both as an observer and as a creator of the different ways in which people relate to each other as reflected in photos or videos that capture instants of commonality.