While walking around Wynwood Art District in Miami during Art Basel weekend, I met Collin. Though he is in a wheelchair, Collin traveled cross country with his brother to attend Art Basel weekend and indulge in all the street art of Wynwood. On the final day of Art Basel, I ran into Collin again, this time he had a marker in hand and was tagging up a black wall with the word “Swel.” At that moment, inspired by the way Collin did not allow his disability to keep him from making art, it became clear to me what attracts Collin and many others to Art Basel. Art Basel offers individuals of all types the environment and opportunity to come together and share the one thing they have in common: the appreciation and love for art.
Miami Beach serves as the ideal location for Art Basel because Miami is the epitome of the salad bowl that is the United States, as well as multicultural aspect of our entire planet. It is a place that connects the United States with not only Latin and South America, but even other neighboring continents, as well. Regardless of Art Basel, Miami Beach attracts a variety of tourists year round, with its allure of a grandeur tropical paradise and its cultural diversities. With numerous galleries open, street performers, and an array of private and public evening events, there was so much to see and do that Art Basel weekend. It is definitely the place to be.
Spending the weekend of December 1st through the 4th at Art Basel was an enlightening experience. It is such a beautiful thing, to see the way art unites the world, the way it brings different people together, and the way it offers them a way to connect with one another. No matter who you are or where you come from, art has the power to not only differentiate us, but to connect us all, and that is what Art Basel is all about.
Words and photos by Caroline Cardenas.