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C[h]oral Stories and Collective Actions at the Art and Culture Center/Hollywood

Introduction to C[h]oral Stories and Collective Actions, 1:48 min. Interviews: Raymond Elman. Post-Production: Lee Skye. Music: David-Gwyn Jones, The Moonpool, Zapsplat, Recorded via Zoom: March, 2022, Miami.

On View Through Sun., May 15, 2022

Curated by Ombretta Agró Andruff with Meaghan Kent

Participating artists: AMLgMATD, Beatriz Chachamovits, Caecilia Tripp and Kerwin Rolland, Elaine Defibaugh, Lauren Shapiro, and Morel Doucet

Coral reefs are the most diverse of all marine ecosystems. Teeming with life, up to 25% of all ocean species depend on coral reefs for food and shelter. Often called the rainforests of the sea, coral reefs are among the most at risk from climate change and man-made pollution.

Inspired by the powerful beauty and fragility of coral reefs, eight artists present their unique and diverse bodies of work to recognize the urgency of preservation. The artists, joining as a “chorus” of creative voices, seek to encourage awareness and action to try and preserve and sustain this very special, and very necessary ecosystem. The exhibition will be accompanied by hands-on workshops and educational programming.

The exhibition is curated by Ombretta Agró Andruff with Meaghan Kent. Italian-born and Miami-based Agró Andruff is a freelance curator and environmental activist. She has curated internationally for more than 20 years, most recently at Atchugarry Foundation in Miami. Her passion for the Florida waterways inspired ARTSail, a nomadic residency and research initiative that investigates creative climate change inquiries. Agró Andruff is on the board of IKT International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art, and organized its first US-based Congress in 2019 in Miami, with a post-Congress in Havana, Cuba.

— Arts and Culture Center / Hollywood

Inspicio Arts interviewed curator Ombretta Agró Andruff, and artists Beatriz Chachamovits, Morel Doucet, and Elaine Defibaugh

The videos below were recorded via Zoom, are organized by Success Factor, and run between 30 seconds and 11 minutes. Click on any video. You must be connected to the Internet to view the videos.

Introduction to Ombretta Agró Andruff. Art Curator and Founder of ArtSail. 1:18 min.

What was your process for selecting the artists that you included in the exhibition “C[H]ORAL STORIES and COLLECTIVE ACTIONS” at the Art and Culture Center / Hollywood?


Introduction to Beatriz Chachamovits. 4:48 min.

You approached environmental activism as an artist who gradually learned the science of reefs. Talk about that evolution.

What happened next?

How did you connect with curator Ombretta Agró Andruff, and how did you develop the concept for your installation at the Art and Culture Center / Hollywood?

Knowing what you learned from your installation at the Art and Culture Center / Hollywood, what would you do differently?


Introduction to Morel Doucet. 022 sec.

Where were you born and what was your first awareness of art of any discipline?

Tell me about your experience at Miami’s New World School of the Arts.

What are some of the inspirations for your artwork?

In your work in the exhibition “C[H]ORAL STORIES and COLLECTIVE ACTIONS at the Art and Culture Center / Hollywood — human limbs are sticking out from coral shapes, as though Nature was swallowing humankind.


Introduction to Elaine Defibaugh. 0:28 sec.

Why did Ombretta Agró Andruff select you for the exhibition “C[H]ORAL STORIES and COLLECTIVE ACTIONS at the Art and Culture Center / Hollywood?

Once you became interested in coral, how did your artwork evolve?

Talk about the evolution of your “coral” chairs in the exhibition.

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