between Two Oceans

between Two Oceans is an ongoing project that began with research into the history of South Asian indentured labor that came to the Caribbean after the abolition of slavery in the British Caribbean in 1833.

These works were part of The Sea is History at the Museum of Cultural History, Oslo, Norway  in 2019.

The exhibition featured work by contemporary artists who address issues of migration and displacement from both a historical and contemporary perspective.

The exhibition title is inspired by the seminal poem by the St. Lucian Nobel- laureate poet Derek Walcott. The reference serves to emphasize the poetic undercurrent of the exhibition, while also highlighting the relevance of great Caribbean thinkers such as Derek Walcott, Stuart Hall and Édouard Glissant within a wider geographical and theoretical context.



Participating artists: John Akomfrah, Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Andrea Chung, Christopher Cozier, Manthia Diawara, Isaac Julien, Naiza Khan, Hew Locke, Nyugen E. Smith and Cosmo Whyte


Exhibition History