A cultural theorist and Carribean poet Édouard Glissant has claimed his right to the opacity at a 1969 congress for the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Addressing the audience, he said that there was a basic injustice in the global spread of the transparency as well as projection of the Western thought.
That question underwrites majority of Where the Oceans Meet, which is an exhibition held at Miami Dade College Museum of Art and Design which analyzes the follies of the border mentality. The show basically lists Glissant as a great influence along with Lydia Cabrera, the painter from Cuba and an ethnographic scholar who later became a stalwart of the movement of Afrocubanismo.
The Chief Curator and the executive director of the museum, Rina Carvajal said that the beauty of the exhibition was its curation of thinkers. He organized this show with the help of Hans Ulrich Obrist from the Serpentine Galleries of London, Gabriela Rangel from Museo de ArteLatinoamericano de Buenos Aires, and also the artist Asad Raza. Carvajal said that the artists were speaking regarding the immigration policies, the memory, displacement, identity, war, religion, and capitalism. He added that it was about finding a way for connecting with other people while also respecting one’s differences.
The show has been dedicated to the very well-known Nigeran curator, OkwuiEnwezor, who passed away because of cancer during the preparations of the show in March. Carvajal has said that he was a pioneer of this notion of moving across borders and also connecting continents. He said that the dedication seemed important for everybody who worked with Okwui throughout the years.