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 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. Throughout May 2022, all who wandered past could 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 explored what it means to create for a community.
Geographies of Trash was organized in collaboration with Anasagasti, The FIU Ratcliffe Art + Design Incubator, and The Wolfsonian Public Humanities Lab. The installation coincided with "Aspen Ideas: Climate 2022," a public, multi-day program in Miami Beach that addressed the future around the realities of climate change.