Exploring Ukhamba: A New Artistic Vision by Germane Barnes

Dive into the world of architecture and art with Germane Barnes' Ukhamba installation, a fusion of African inspiration and Miami culture, on display at MDC campuses.

Exploring Ukhamba: A New Artistic Vision by Germane Barnes

Miami, FL – The Museum of Art and Design (MOAD) at Miami Dade College is currently showcasing "Germane Barnes: Ukhamba," an innovative pavilion that invites the public into a dialogue between traditional African architectural forms and contemporary design. This installation marks the second annual commissioned MOAD Pavilion, seamlessly blending art and architecture in a public space.

Designed by artist and architect Germane Barnes, Ukhamba stands ten feet tall, crafted with curved wooden elements that stack in horizontal layers to form a structure with four welcoming arched entrances. The design encourages interaction and movement, allowing visitors to walk through and experience the piece from within while still connected to the city's vibrant landscape.

Ukhamba's inspiration stems from Barnes' experiences in South Africa and his work in Miami, addressing the often overlooked influence of African culture on Western architecture. The structure resembles a hybrid of a traditional African basket and a breeze wall typical in tropical climates, embodying a cross-cultural dialogue that resonates deeply in multicultural Miami.

The pavilion was initially displayed at the MDC Wolfson Campus in Downtown Miami from November 12, 2023, to March 3, 2024, and has since moved to the MDC North Campus, where it will remain until May 26, 2024. This move allows different communities within Miami to engage with Barnes' work, emphasizing MOAD's commitment to making art accessible.

Ukhamba is not only a testament to Germane Barnes' innovative approach to architecture but also a platform for cultural expression and community engagement in Miami's dynamic urban environment. The exhibition is free, making it accessible to all who wish to explore the nuanced layers of cultural identity and architectural innovation.