The Black Artist Talk is presented by Olujimi Dance Theater and moderated by Michelle Grant-Murray. Panelist include special guests - Photographer, Johanne Rahaman; Visual Artist, Prince Aderele; and Choreographer, Performer, Shanna Woods.
"Fossils of Memory-Revealed," a featured collaborative experience by the featured artist will precede the conversation.
Moderator: Michelle Grant Murray
Panelist: Emmanuel Aderele, Johanna Rahamen, and Shanna Woods
Black Artist Talk is a series of conversations where artists of the South Florida African Diaspora community collectively come together to generate and discuss strategies surrounding issues of presenting, economics, resources, education, creativity, sustainability, and viability.
Prince Aderele is an Award Winning Master Percussionist, Vocalist, Visual Artist, Sacred Yorùbá Choreographer/Dancer and Arts Educator, and an Int'l Artist in Residence with the Osun's Village & African Caribbean Cultural Arts Corridor.
Johanne Rahaman is an emerging documentary photographer, working in both digital and film formats since 2002. The Bailey Contemporary Arts is currently exhibiting her prolific project, "BlackFlorida: Pompano Beach", which has received notable coverage from NPR, The New Yorker, CBS, and NBC.
Michelle Grant-Murray, a Georgia Peach and a hybrid Florida Mango, has trained extensively in the areas of Choreography, Pedagogy, Ballet, traditional and contemporary Modern Dance and African Diaspora Dance Movement forms. Grant-Murray is an independent choreographer, performer and Artistic Director of Olujimi Dance Theatre. She has performed and presented work in Europe, Asia, South America, the United States and the Caribbean. Currently, Michelle is Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Dance at Miami Dade College/Kendall Campus. Her choreographic works have been presented at the Florence Biennale (Florence, Italy), Diaspora Women’s Dance Festival (Arts at St. John, Miami, FL); Dancing the African Diaspora: Theories of Black Performance (Duke University, Raleigh-Durham, NC); Flow Movement Experience (Museum of Art, Ft. Lauderdale, FL); MDC AIR Dance Conference Gala (Kendall Art Gallery, Miami, FL). Michelle resides in Miami, Florida and holds a MA degree in African Studies with a concentration in Pedagogy and Cultural Studies from Florida International University and MFA degree in Choreography from Jacksonville University.