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Through collaborative endeavors, Camnitzer has popularized his own reading of Latin American Conceptualism. He argues that it is not a style but rather a strategy that developed independently of North American and European influence, and has roots as deep as the nineteenth-century teachings of Simón Rodríguez, the philosopher best known for tutoring Simón Bolívar. At the New York Graphic Workshop, Camnitzer worked to democratize art, separating it as much as was possible from the market. And in the Museo Latinoamericano and MICLA, the group established an alternative to the Center for Inter-American Relations (now the Americas Society), which, while it hosted a number of progressive exhibitions in the 1970s, was also linked to U.S. interests associated with Latin American dictatorships. One of his own first Conceptual works, from 1966, consists of a text: This is a Mirror, You are a Written Sentence. In this homage to writer Jorge Luis Borges and René Magritte, Camnitzer explores the reflective quality of language.