Instagram can only provide us with so much raw and unbridled light and visual potency: there comes a point where a capable artist takes the reins from the hordes of self-proclaimed 'artsy' photographers floating out there in social media's hyperspace. One such metaphysical wrangler is Kubiat Nnamdie, a Nigerian-born multidisciplinary artist who makes his home in Miami. With echoes of prestigious practitioners such as Nan Goldin, Wolfgang Tillmans and Rodney Graham, Nnamdie's work acts as a peephole into sedate moments, somehow filtered through a brightly-tinted, saturated colored lenses.

A new crop of contemporary artists just can't spontaneously generate, they require cultivation, mentoring and guidance. Enter The LAB (Locust Art Builders), now in its 4th year at Locust Projects. This unique workshop pools students from high schools across Miami-Dade and pairs them with practicing artists to produce a collaborative exhibition within the 5,000 square-foot Miami Design District space. As a local visual arts incubator that also draws in internationally-renowned artists as visiting practitioners, Locust Projects relies on the ingenuity of emerging artists to accelerate the creative process. This year, it is Monica López de Victoria (one half of the luminous TM Sisters performance duo) and Loriel Beltran who serve as the program directors.

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If you had the chance to engage in a summer workshop with a pair of Miami's most colorful, intelligent multidisciplinary artists, would you take it? That might be a sound choice as the TM Sisters (Tasha and Monica López de Victoria) will be hosting a video lecture and interactive summer workshop at the de la Cruz Collection beginning on July 23rd running until the 26th. This hands-on seminar offers young artists the chance to actively plan, construct and execute a video performance or creative work guided by the experienced hands of the TM Sisters.

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There are multiple places you can experience the pleasure of looking at art while escaping the Florida heat. But should you venture out, there's a bit of art outside on the exteriors of the Miami Design District that's worth a second look. The abundance of empty walls throughout the various sectors of the city has encouraged and inspired young artists to flex their creative muscles away from the enclosed gallery or institutional space. The Design District is no exception. World-renowned artists including Shepard Fairey, RETNA, ROA and El Mac have all made their marks on spaces the conventional gallery simply could not provide.

Normally one thinks of a swamp as a particularly unpleasant location: one that upsets the olfactory and tactile senses with pungent mud, mosquitoes, scavenger animals and oppressively sour weather. Oliver Sanchez thinks otherwise. A swamp could, theoretically, be an ecosystem that is interesting, active and ceaseless under its ugly surface; this particular environment is one that Florida is quite familiar with. At least, those that have been around long enough to experience it pre-real restate, pre-manufactured islands and pre-Kardashians.

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