EXHIBITION FINISSAGE | 2 March | 15:00 - 16:00 | Nieuw Dakota
What We Forget intervenes in contemporary debates about Europe and the current politics of anxiety by offering more complex and affective (hi)stories of the present.
Alana Jelinek, Rajkamal Kahlon, Servet Kocyigit and Randa Maroufi challenge dominant, partial, and forgetful representations of Europe, which erase the role of Europe’s colonial past in shaping our contemporary world, its inequalities, and the unequal distribution of precarity. By addressing some of the key concerns on which contemporary anxieties about Europe’s futures hinge, What We Forget invites us to think more critically about the afterlives of colonial and migratory pasts and the central role they play in the making of Europe. The project offers a vision of a European future that embraces muted pasts as the starting point for fashioning more convivial futures.
Curatorial team: Lora Sariaslan, Wayne Modest, and Chiara de Cesari with Kiko Aebi and Anna Sejbæk Torp-Pedersen
What We Forget is made possible through the generous support of the EU-funded Horizon 2020 project CoHERE. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 693289. It is a collaboration between Nieuw Dakota, the Research Center for Material Culture, and the University of Amsterdam.
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