A collaboration between the Orlando Museum of Art and the American University in Cairo, the exhibition (29 January–2 May 2021) presents work by 21 US-based artists of Arab and Iranian heritage.
Curated by Dr. Shiva Balaghi, with support from Coralie Claeysen-Gleyzon, the exhibition will be on view in galleries at OMA and AUC’s Tahrir Cultural Center from January 29 through May 2, 2021. The exhibition’s title, taken from Kahlil Gibran’s bestselling book, The Prophet, describes an immigrant’s transformation from “a boundless drop to a boundless ocean.” The show begins with a drawing by Gibran. The immigrant artist’s journey entails a creative negotiation between the past and the present, between here and there. Along the way, diasporic artists create their own visual language that can convey meaning across cultural, linguistic, and social borders.
Image: Ali Banisadr, All the hemispheres, 2013
© Ali Banisadr