Children of the Diaspora

Aquiles Barreto | Sophia Bolivar | CCNN (Christopher Columbus students) | Greter Camacho | Camila Celaya

Paolo Cesti | Ana Karen Garro | Isabela de la Grana | Ismael Perez Ramirez | Ana Rubin

May 15th, 2021 – May 30th, 2021 | Community Meeting Room | Curated by Milagros Gonzalez and Paolo Cesti

El Costo de la Luna, 2021, by Ana Rubin

Homesick, 2019, by Paolo Cesti

Dia de los Muertos, 2020, by Camila Celaya

Miami has a plethora of shrouded memories that are inherited from generation to generation – those carried by immigrants and their descendants. The children of immigrants hold a consolidation of images, music, heritage, family stories, and much more that should not be forgotten. In embracing and conjoining their ancestors’ traditions and customs, the new generations expand their meaning by adding a flare of modern American culture. Employing multimedia formats and in different styles, these students present a Miami landscape that, rather than foreign, is very familiar to many of us.

This show encompasses selected multimedia work by students from Arthur and Polly Mays Conservatory of the Arts, Doral Academy, and Christopher Columbus High School, New World School of the Arts, and other South Florida areas focusing on themes related to Memory and Diaspora.


 Milagros Gonzalez is a Venezuelan museologist and art historian. She worked as a researcher, curator, and educator at the Fine Arts Museum and the National Art Gallery in Caracas, Venezuela, between 1998 and 2009. In 2007, the Polar Foundation published her book “De la Colección a la Nación. Aventuras de los intelectuales en los Museos de Caracas. 1874-1940” (Collection and Nation. Adventures of Intellectuals in the Museums of Caracas. 1874-1940). Based in Miami since 2009, Gonzalez works for Arts Connection Foundation and produces the Miami New Media Festival. She also teaches Art and Broadcasting at the AcadeMir Charter School Middle in Miami, Florida.

Paolo Cesti is a young Latino-American filmmaker based in Miami, Florida. Born to a Cuban mother and a Peruvian father, Latin American culture has always been an important part of his life. He has received numerous recognitions in film and academic achievement internationally. These include awards in All American High School Film Fest; Cinéstudent Film Festival; and ASFI Future in Films Festival. Cesti is an alumnus of the prestigious After School Film Institute, working with an array of industry professionals within Miami. He is currently pursuing his BFA at the Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts.

Special Thanks to:

Raised on Croquetas, 2019, by CCNN

CORREArt, 2019, by Isabela de la Grana