Saturday, 23 June 2018
3:30 – 5:30 pm
Kader Attia (Visual Artist, Berlin/Paris)
Gina Belafonte (Co-Director, Sankofa Organization for Social Justice, New York City)
Nathalie Anguezomo Mba Bikoro (Artist, Curator and Postcolonial Scholar, Berlin)
Moderation: Alya Sebti (Curator and Director, ifa-Galerie, Berlin)
For centuries, European colonizers have trawled the globe in search of adventures and chasing the allure of pristine, untouched land and people. Colonies served as fantastic projection screens onto which Europe mapped its forbidden desires and fears even as they functioned as laboratories of European hopes and imaginations. The term utopia implies that the perfectly "good place" is really "no place", so that the imagined ideal place does not exist (yet). Given the link between utopian experiments and the ensuing violence, it seems paradoxical to speak of postcolonial utopias. And yet, how is one to imagine a post-imperial world? Or does the world in which we live make postcolonial utopias implausible to imagine?