Africa during the communist and post-communist period: Decolonising narratives in Eastern Europe

Africa during the communist and post-communist period: Decolonising narratives in Eastern Europe

In 2015, the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw hosted the exhibition “After Year Zero. Geographies of Collaboration since 1945,” which had been displayed two years earlier in 2013 at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin. Focused on the anti-imperialist and decolonializing processes that followed in the wake of World War II, and with links both to the first large-scale African-Asian conference, organized in Bandung (Indonesia) in 1955, and to the formation of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in Belgrade (Yugoslavia) in 1961, the exhibition presented to the Polish public contemporary African artists. By taking as a starting point “After Year Zero” and artistic projects related to the idea of brotherhood and friendship outside of the legacy of African-European colonial history, this stream proposes a reconsideration of whether and to what extent artistic exchanges between non-Western contexts might escape historically developed power relations between Europe and Africa and of its role in the postcolonial and decolonial debate.

Organisers: Katarzyna Cytlak (cytkaa@yahoo.fr) and Karina Simonson (karina_simonson@yahoo.co.uk)