Edouard Glissant, Creole Poet and Thinker

Edouard Glissant was one of the most important contemporary thinkers. In the 1980s, his theories of creolization, diversity and otherness, as elaborated in the book “Le Discours Antillais” (1981), were considered as seminal texts for the emerging studies of multiculturalism, identity politics, minority literature and Black Atlanticsim. In the 1990s and 2000, he developed a theory he called “Poetique de la relation,” and “Tout-Monde,” where the concept of “Relation” is perceived as an autonomous entity, moving between objects and providing them with energy, poesis and difference. In his book “Philosophie de la relation”, Glissant used the concept to meditate on the new meanings of globalization, chaos, violence, equality and justice.

dOCUMENTA 13, This notebook is a homage of the curator Hans Ulrich Obrist to the French author, poet, and philosopher Édouard Glissant (1928–2011),