Miami Art Salon – From Ideas to Actions

Lara Stein Pardo

Lara Stein Pardo is an artist and PhD Candidate in Sociocultural Anthropology at the University of Michigan. She is working on her dissertation research about Miami-based contemporary women artists from the Caribbean and a public art and archive project about Miami’s artistic past, and is currently a Visiting Researcher in the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Miami. Born in Miami, Lara earned her BA in Ethnic Studies and Studio Art from the University of Colorado, and her MA in Sociocultural Anthropology from the University of Michigan. Before returning to school for her PhD she worked as a photography teacher at Hialeah High School and engaged in research in Havana, Cuba. Lara’s artwork, research, and writing revolve around place, gender, race, ethnicity, art, and artistic practice in the U.S. and the Caribbean. Her artwork includes photography, installation, performance, and short film highlighting social issues such as immigration policy and the connection between body and place. Exhibitions of her artwork include Race in Ann Arbor (2009), Space is the Place in Miami (2008), and Tracked: A Performance Installation in Miami Beach (2006). She has presented her preliminary research at national and international conferences including the Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars Conference in Hollywood, the Caribbean Studies Association Meetings in Bahia, and the American Anthropological Association Meetings in San Francisco.

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