Ximena Caminos is a cultural entrepreneur, internationally renowned as a non-traditional curator, she’s a cultural agitator who pioneered new ways to approach and discuss contemporary art and cultural manifestations at large. Caminos is former Chair of Faena Art, Founder of the ReefLine Miami Beach, and Honey lab Creative. We have asked her about her relationship with Miami and what it means to work in the art field in the Magic City. We also asked to recommend what to visit and where to go for leisure.
Explore the city with Ximena.
Over the past ten years, I have made Miami my home. I have cultivated and engaged with local and international artists who create works that contribute to the city’s art scene and community. Miami is a vibrant city with a unique energy that fuels artists to challenge themselves with new artistic practices. The artists respond to it and feel that they have the space to thrive within. Here, “more is more” and the possibilities are endless. There is a lively sense of freedom in Miami that everyone embraces and pushes the artists out of their comfort zone.
I have been involved in the arts for as long as I have been alive. I have always painted and continue to create, but early on I found my calling working with a new and radical art center in Argentina, where we brought international artists to create in Buenos Aires. I realized the potential and possibility of intercultural exchange and I founded Faena Art in Buenos Aires over 10 years ago, which we expanded to Miami in 2016. I have always been committed to supporting artists who are creating at the edge between disciplines, who are interested in pushing boundaries and starting new conversations that open our minds. When Pablo invited me to join him in founding Aorist, I was thrilled to start this journey and bring my experience to this new frontier at the intersection of art and technology, where artists in the digital space encourage us to reimagine time and space, to reshape what artists and audiences can become. I’m eager to contribute to the building of this new landscape and excited about what’s to come.
I would recommend visiting the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) for the exceptional and well-curated programming; the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) for their incredible collection of Caribbean art; Faena Art’s new Project Room and Dot Fiftyone are among the top Miami-based art spaces; I love the Bass Museum, and I am excited to see Carlos Betancourt and Alberto Latorre’s new studio/exhibition space.
Pao by Paul Qui at Faena has the best “East-meets-West” fusion cuisine. My dear friends Daygee Kwia and Eddy Samy (Paperwater) are the best DJs in town, and I love to hang out with them and talk about music and art while tasting incredible seafood at ZZ’s Clam Bar. I would also recommend checking out Carolina K, the design studio and store by Carolina Kleinman. She is a pioneer in working with communities of artisans in Latin America and her brand is known for its hand-embroidered details made authentically by artisans from remote regions of Mexico, Peru, and India.