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Venezuelan photographer awarded HistoryMiami museum photography Fellowship for documenting immigrant life

Carlos Muñoz receives prestigious grant from The Jorge M. Pérez Family Foundation to document vibrant stories of immigrants through HistoryMiami

Celebrating the dynamic tapestry of immigrant life in South Florida, the HistoryMiami Museum’s Center for Photography proudly names Carlos “Cali” Muñoz, a Venezuelan immigrant, as the recipient of the 2023 Photography Fellowship. Gifted with a generous $25,000 grant from The Jorge M. Pérez Family Foundation, Muñoz’s mission is to capture and share the stories of the immigrant community thriving within Homestead’s Redland Market. This initiative aligns with the museum’s commitment to spotlighting the narratives of People of Color, Black Indigenous, and Latinx individuals.

What to expect in the HistoryMiami showcase:

Documenting Redland Market chronicles

Carlos Muñoz's project delves into immigrants' lives around the 27-acre expanse of Redland Market in Homestead. Drawing inspiration from his journey as a Venezuelan who sought refuge in Miami due to political turmoil, Muñoz’s photography unearths the vibrant narratives of those who have found solace and community in this market. The conjunction of various nationalities, prominently from Central America and Mexico, tells a story of hope, resilience, and the shaping of new lives amidst challenging circumstances.

Born in Caracas to Colombian parents, he experienced firsthand the impact of political unrest before finding his true calling in the streets of Miami. Muñoz's documentation of the immigrants at Redland Market is an ode to the unsung heroes of the city's ever-evolving narrative. He believes that this project will preserve the history of immigrants and shine a light on the often-overlooked segments of Miami's cultural tapestry.

A vegetable cart in the market

Celebrating diversity through art

The Jorge M. Pérez Family Foundation’s unwavering commitment to empowering creatives led them to support Muñoz’s project. Jorge M. Pérez, the internationally recognized philanthropist and founder of Related Group, expressed his excitement about the fellowship, emphasizing the universal language of art that surpasses cultural boundaries. This initiative by HistoryMiami showcases the profound impact that art can have on fostering empathy and understanding, especially in a city as diverse as Miami.

As Carlos Muñoz continues to uncover the rich stories within Homestead’s Redland Market, his work stands as a testament to the role of art in bridging gaps and strengthening marginalized voices. HistoryMiami Museum’s dedication to inclusivity and representation aligns perfectly with Muñoz’s artistic mission.

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