NADA and Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) are pleased to announce the selection of the second annual NADA Acquisition Gift for PAMM, an acquisition gift for the museum’s permanent collection. The museum has selected “Sasha and Zamani’s Tropical Romance” by Mozambique-born, Los Angeles-based artist Cassi Namoda from Ghebaly Gallery
, and “An Abundant Loss” by American visual artist Nikita Gale from Reyes Projects
Nikita Gale works with boundaries present in music, architecture, and protest. Her sculpture work, comprised of steel, concrete, foam, and towels, explores the concept of noise, and how these materials have the capacity to both create and cancel out sound. In “Sasha and Zamani’s Tropical Romance” (2018), Cassi Namoda depicts two distinct East African conceptions of time personified as women. Sasha stands for sequential time, defined by the transition of present into past, while Zamani is limitless and eternal time.
The NADA Acquisition Gift for PAMM provides funding for PAMM curators María Elena Ortiz and Jennifer Inacio to acquire an artwork for the museum’s permanent collection, which features international modern and contemporary art from the U.S. Latino experience, the African diaspora, Latin America, and the Caribbean.
“The quality of work at NADA was astonishing and made our selection really hard. After much consideration, we decided that the two chosen works—by the two strong female voices Nikita Gale and Cassi Namoda—will bring important dialogues to our collection,” said Jennifer Inacio, PAMM Assistant Curator and María Elena Ortiz, PAMM Associate Curator.