AfriKin Art Fair 2021: “The Fire Next Time”: Resistance, Resilience, Creation

November 20 06:24 2021
AfriKin Art Fair 2021: "The Fire Next Time": Resistance, Resilience, Creation
In Memory of James Baldwin A Contemporary African Art Fair on the occasion of the 2021 Art Basel/Miami Art Week December 1st – 5th, 2021

MIAMI, FL – November 19, 2021 – The 2021 edition of AfriKin Art Fair explores the literary work of James Baldwin “The Fire Next Time” (1963). AfriKin, curator of African arts and cultures presents works from artists highlighting African/Diasporic perspectives in contemporary art in an exhibition of renderings transmitting liberation and strength as it evaluates intersectionality through contemporary art. AfriKin Art Fair, is a consideration of the necessity and power of art for musing on the future, with the words of James Baldwin coming to mind … “God gave Noah the rainbow sign … No more water, the fire next time”.

AfriKin Art Fair symbolizes the realized potential of ethnic communities in applying themselves to a singular purpose — care for each other. This annual African art fair on the occasion of Art Basel /Miami Art Week, as a signature programming event for AfriKin, presents internationally acclaimed, literary and visual artists from across the African continent, the Caribbean, Europe and the Americas showcasing their cultural perspectives on African heritage.

AfriKin 2021 Featured Artists include: Viyé Diba – Senegal / Phillip Thomas – Jamaica / George Edozie – Nigeria / Peter Wayne Lewis – the United States / Aisha Tandiwe Bell – Jamaica / Philippe Dodard – Haiti / Carlos Salas – Colombia / Abdoulaye Konaté – Mali / Maximo Caminero – Dominican Republic / Bodo Korsig – Germany / Oumy Diaw – Senegal / René Peña – Cuba / Emeline Delsaut – France. Keynote address by Senegalese Professor Dr. Maguèye Kassé. 

AfriKin presents opportunities for mutual empowerment to motivate patrons to participate in the growth and circulation of community wealth. This is achieved through cultural exchange, educational discourse, and focused content designed to strengthen and inform individuals. This cultural cross-pollination creates an experience that is accessible, drawing attention (in many cases, for the first time) to works that heretofore had been lost, hidden or removed.

The fair is an art exploration of the “Fire Next Time” opening at 8 pm on December 1st with private VIP Launch; It runs open to the public from December 2nd through the 5th to see exhibition of works; traditional African dance and drum performances; Jazz music jam sessions; Speakeasy Poetry Lounge; artists VIP meet and greet; curated cocktail bar, palate-pleasing sensory experience of culinary art, lively panel discussion; art film screenings. Produced by Alfonso D’Niscio Brooks founder of AfriKin, Curated by Babacar Mbow.

Distinguished and welcoming evenings set the tone for the fusing of creative elements within Miami’s modernist architectural landscape — James Baldwin’s appreciation of being human providing a framework for experiencing the depth of art and Jazz and the process of re-centering ourselves in a shared kinship. 

The Breakfast Lectures launch the conversations about issues in the politics and aesthetics of James Baldwin and their resonance in today’s contemporary world. AfriKin fuses the present, past and future in a new becoming… This 2021 annual exhibition rereads the process of reconstructing what it means to be human away from the mad construct of “life unworthy of life”. How can this be remedied in the twenty-first century? How have artists responded to the assaults that currently beset the world? How have artists provided a counter-narrative of radical autonomy unfazed by merely restating the tacit necessity of the place of art in society? We are building a new model and are creating a new landscape through the power of art and culture … looking at the challenges that we are facing, not as obstacles, but as opportunities for awakening.

AfriKin Art Fair 2021 takes place from December 1st – 5th, 2021 with doors opening daily at 10 am (EDT) at Miami Ironside, 7610 Northeast 4th Ct, Suite 104, Miami, Florida 33138. RSVP at:


AfriKin — A New Way of Being — The 501(c)3 nonprofit organization AfriKin is a social enterprise that curates African arts and cultures for the good of humanity. The term AfriKin is the fusion of two words — Africa and kinship. AfriKin creates programming designed to highlight the role of art and culture in human development and enrichment. AfriKin creates opportunities for positive interchange sustained by three pillars: academic articulation, artistry and cultural industries. AfriKin emphasizes cultural connection and kinship across ethnic lines.

​AfriKin Art Fair Schedule: 

AfriKin Art Fair opens to the public from 10 am to 11 pm​ Thursday, December 2nd through Sunday, December 5th to view art.

Wednesday 12/1 – 8 pm: Private VIP Launch of AfriKin Art Fair

Thursday 12/2 – 8 pm: Performance by Moonchild

Friday 12/3 – 7 pm: Film Screening: The role of the artist in society by James Baldwin

Friday 12/3 – 8 pm: Panel Discussion by the artists

Saturday 12/4 – 11 am: Breakfast panel discussion 

Saturday 12/4 – 7 pm: Keynote Address: Saturday Night by Professor Dr. Maguèye Kassé

Saturday 12/4 – 8 pm: Panel by national scholars 

Sunday 12/5 – 7 pm: Rose Water Dance by Michelle Grant Murray

Sunday 12/5 – 8 pm: The Wax: Contemporary African Fashion by Aida Diop NDiaye – Senegal

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Company Name: AfriKin
Contact Person: Alfonso Brooks
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Address:7610 NE 4th Ct
City: Miami
State: FL 33138
Country: United States