The Struggle of Memory, part 1 – PalaisPopulaire, Berlijn, Duitsland

Societies require continuity and connection with the past to preserve social unity and cohesion and people need to know where they come from to be able to adjust to the circumstances of the present and challenges of the future. One of the most insidious consequences of the slave trade and European colonialism in Africa was the devaluing and dismantling of precolonial histories and cultures. The African artifacts in Western museums are symbols of the cultures that were robbed of their people and material heritage, ruthlessly subjugated, or gradually hollowed out and disassembled.

Restitution is only one step in a long journey toward the reconstruction of memory and cultural self-reinvention. Artists are taking other steps, mining family archives, highlighting individual stories, recuperating lesser-known histories, imagining different power dynamics, and constructing alternative narratives.

Met in deze expo een aantal werken van zwarte makers: Kara Walker, Wangechi Mutu, Samuel Fosso en een videoinstallatie van Lebohang Kganye. De moeite waard, vooral omdat het een plezierige expositieruimte is met een beperkte hoeveelheid ruimte. En de entree is ook nog eens gratis.

Afbeelding: Wangechi Mutu