The BlackFlorida: Perrine exhibit reception will be held on Wednesday, February 21st, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., at the Deering Estate. Trinidadian-born and Miami-based documentary photographer Johanne Rahaman, a recently-announced Knight Foundation Arts Challenge Grant recipient for this project, introduces the public to a nuanced view of Black neighborhoods. Rahaman was invited, as an expansion of her BlackFlorida project, to explore the Deering Estate's connection to the town of Cutler and the founding of Perrine. Her honest imagery captures the resilience of this historic South Florida community. The exhibit reception is free and open to the public.
Rahaman's work underscores the urgency and importance of recording neighborhoods that are in a constant state of flux. Her most recent body of work, BlackFlorida, is an ongoing photographic archive of shifting urban and rural spaces occupied by Black communities throughout the state of Florida. It consists of environmental portraits of individuals in their home and surroundings, and reflects the totality of human experience, including entrepreneurship, beauty, sensuality, aging, youth, and mortality. These everyday moments are too-often unseen by the wider community.
BlackFlorida: Perrine focuses on the historic community of Perrine, especially since 1949. That year, the town was dissolved by the all-white city council to protest the election of a black mayor, the community faced geographic racially segregation, and its story faded from view. This exhibition gives voice to this history and honors its contemporary citizens.
Rahaman's work has been featured in Vogue Magazine, New Yorker Magazine, Oxford American, Quartz Africa, Jezebel, NPR's WLRN and WMFE, Miami NewTimes, Orlando Weekly, Photo District News (PDN), CBS4, and NBC6, amongst others. She is also featured in the photobook, Mfon: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora. Rahaman has been working in both digital and film formats since 2002.
Exhibit Evenings are free and open to the public and will include a curator's conversation at 7:30 p.m. Light refreshments and a cash bar will be available. Included with Estate admission, the exhibit will be on display daily, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., from February 1 — March 15, 2018.
Cultural Arts Programming at the Deering Estate is made possible with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami- Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, and The Deering Estate Foundation, Inc. Special thanks to the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, as part of its Knight Arts Challenge, the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, and Alternate ROOTs for their support.