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Geographies of Trash

May 11–May 31, 2022
The Wolfsonian–FIU @ 1001 Washington Avenue

Known for his "sleepy eye" graffiti, Cuban-American artist Ahol Sniffs Glue leaves a trail of collectible art throughout his hometown of Miami. Ahol tags his finds—often discarded everyday items like chairs, broken lamps, or hubcaps—and invites his Instagram followers to track down and keep his garbage-turned-art.

For The Wolfsonian–FIU, Ahol has likewise created a new experience out of an architectural object: the 1939 Bridge Tender House (dedicated in 2022 as the Josephine Baker Pavilion), a historic, streetside structure on Miami Beach. All who wander past can enjoy his work, redefining the boundaries between the art world, museum collections, and public space. With this playful take on the element of surprise, the artist explores what it means to create for a community.

Geographies of Trash is organized in collaboration with Anasagasti, The FIU Ratcliffe Art + Design Incubator, and The Wolfsonian Public Humanities Lab. The installation coincides with "Aspen Ideas: Climate 2022," a public, multi-day program in Miami Beach that addresses the future around the realities of climate change.