Miriam Cabello

Artist bio

Miriam Cabello is a Chilean-Australian interdisciplinary artist, curator, and academic educator, based in Sydney. She has exhibited internationally and nationally; her highlights include the Biennial of Contemporary Art, Florence, Italy; the first Australian bestowed at the international Annual Religious Art and Architecture Design Awards for "The Pugilist Passion–Black Jesus". The United States Sports Academy's 2014 Sports Artist of the Year. Her latest major group exhibition, LOSS, Casula Powerhouse

An entrepreneur at heart, in 1993, Miriam established MLC Powerhouse Design. In 2003, founded MLC Gallery. The inaugural exhibition exposed the conflict of the Iraqi war, displacement, and refugees. In 2016 Miriam won the EOI to launch her art studio/gallery in Newtown. Collaborating with the Sydney Peace Prize and Vivid Ideas, her exhibition Layering Black examined the Global/Glocal #BlackLivesMatter protests, addressing trauma and building the communities' resilience.

I create art because...

My objective as an artist is to encourage empathy and critical reflection. I live in Australia, but I am a Latin American artist, and I hope my art also inspires the community to celebrate humanity and social justice. My commitment to my lineage is to continue to create artworks that celebrate perseverance, despite adversity and reveal the cultural bonds that unite us. “I am in the world to change the world” Käthe Kollwitz (1867-1945)

I am different to most artists because...

Through art, I inspire the hope that change is possible with individual action and the strength of a collective voice.

When you look at my art, the thing I want you to feel is...

"Empathy is a creative act. It requires we imagine ourselves in someone else's reality. This gift of Empathy might be art's highest purpose and its most necessary and urgent offering." Artistic Director of Circa Contemporary Circus, Yaron Lifschitz

The thing I most want to say to non-artists is...

“It’s an artist's duty to reflect the times in which we live.” - Nina Simone

I believe art is an important part of our lives because...

We all suffer adversity in life, and we need to be reminded of our courage and strength to persevere. The problem is the dehumanisation of the “other”. Fear, racial profiling and preconceived notions that erodes our empathy and humanity. This is a mindset that I hope to change by creating experiences/exhibitions that celebrates perseverance despite adversity and to reveal the cultural bonds that unite us. Inspiring the community to celebrate humanity and social justice.

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