Pan American Art Projects is on the move! After ten years in Wynwood, we are moving to Little Haiti as part of the trajectory to new territory for the art scene in Miami. Our inaugural exhibition at our new location, Paper Trail by Gustavo Acosta serves as a perfect metaphor for change as this new body of work on paper reflects upon a sense of place and what change looks like through the examination of two cities – Havana, where the artist was born and raised, and Miami, where he now lives and works.
Architecture as a representation of power has been a constant theme in Acosta’s oeuvre. His urban renderings place him, at times, as an observer, and others as a commentator on the social and political aspects that architecture represents. In this new collection of works on paper he acts both. Paper Trail counter-positions images of Miami’s accelerated gentrification process with scenes of dilapidated buildings in Havana. Acosta’s work speaks to the dialectical processes of life – birth and death – through urban vignettes of these cities. This work comments on the dynamics of both cities, one (Miami) in constant movement forward, the other (Havana) static in time.