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Where The Oceans Meet, an exhibition inspired by the works of Edouard Glissant

With the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy to the United States, Museum of Art and Design at MDC presents Where Oceans Meet, an international group exhibition of forty artists and collectives investigating the ways borders form identities and negotiate imaginary spaces.  The exhibit combines notions of shifting and porous borders and how crossing them has shaped our world.

The focus of the exhibition stems from the pioneering literary, anthropological, and philosophical work of two Caribbean writers, the Cuban painter, scholar, and ethnologist Lydia CABRERA (1899–1991) and the Martinican philosopher, poet, and literary critic Édouard GLISSANT (1928–2011). The exhibition includes works of French artists, Anri Sala, Kader Attia,  Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Pierre Verger, Yto Barrada, and Sylvie Glissant, widow of Edouard Glissant.

Cuarto Jicotea (Tortoise Room) 2019, mixed media, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster

As part of the exhibit, we invite you to stop by for a reading and lecture by philosopher, poet, and literary critic Raphaël Confiant, hosted by the Museum of Art and Design at MDC on Oct 26 from 4 to 6pm.

Pioneer of the Créolité movement, Raphael Confiant interweaves excerpts from his writings with musings on Edouard Glissant’s work, to unload issues underlying Where Oceans Meet such as the reciprocal influence between language and identity.

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