Miami-Dade County Visual Arts

Opening Reception for “Embedded” at MDC Freedom Tower

Opening Reception for Embedded at MDC Freedom Tower
Embedded: A Photojournalist Captures Conflict and Resistance,Jim Nickless

Thursday, May 24, 7-9pm – Miami Dade College’s Freedom Tower, 600 Biscayne Boulevard, Downtown Miami

In the mid-1960s, Jim Nickless, a freelance cameraman for NBC News, documented training, raids and daily activities of a group of Cuban patriots under the auspices of the MRR (Movement for Revolutionary Recovery) as they attempted to overthrow Fidel Castro. The group, funded by the CIA and headed by Manuel Artime, operated from a 180-foot mother ship with two 50-foot attack boats and training camps in Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Capturing more than 800 still photographs and collecting numerous oral accounts, Nickless reveals often silenced images of conflict, duty and unyielding patriotism. Organized and curated by Nickless’ children Lea and Chris, Embedded is as much an exhibition about a beloved fathers’ unexplored legacy, as it is about the portrayal of a photojournalist during Cold War America. On view through August 11.