On Colonial Legacies and Contemporary Societies

Pascale Marthine Tayou: Douces Épines (Sweet Thornes), 2015; courtesy of the artist und VNH Gallery; photo: Claire Dorn
Pascale Marthine Tayou: Douces Épines (Sweet Thornes), 2015; courtesy of the artist und VNH Gallery; photo: Claire Dorn

In times of silenced stories, cultural misperceptions, increasing nationalisms, discrimination and intolerance across the globe, UNTIE TO TIE invites to reflect upon the impacts of colonial legacies which have formed modern societies in the first place, and which continue to globally influence our contemporary realities and everyday lifes.
The one-year research and exhibition program 'UNTIE TO TIE – on colonial legacies and contemporary societies' explores the intersections between artistic and social discourses related to the colonial structures in contemporary realities in terms of global relatedness, urban cultures, intersectional feminisms and riots as resistance . The gallery becomes a meeting place, a physical and digital platform, to encourage encounters between stories, whether told, written, crafted or danced.
The exchange is based on three pillars: 'Art in Conversation', a public program in response to the position proposed by the artist and his exhibition. As an interception between the exhibition and public dialog a reading and hearing station will develop with the continuing chapters. The digital platform sets up a discursive forum with commissioned articles as well as podcasts, web radio and video documentations. 

Reading room

The reading room 'Center of unfinished business' will provide literature on colonial legacies. Among these books are loans provided by theBerlin association Each One Teach One (EOTO). C& will invite various cultural producers to read, perform and discuss in the reading room. 

Hearing station

Saout Radio explores the universe of sonic arts. 'Sonic Panoramas' is made up of a hearing station inside the gallery and diverse radio shows. Each radio show will also be broadcasted on different radio stations such as Reboot.fm or Radio Corax, but also on stations all over the world such as Radio Panik in Brussels, Radio Tsonami in Chile.

Michiel Van Balen (CC BY 2.0) via Flickr
Michiel Van Balen (CC BY 2.0) via Flickr

Kolmanskop Dream

The first chapter dedicated to global relatedness takes as a starting point the idea of the 'Tout Monde' conceived by the poet and philosopher Edouard Glissant: the world as a mosaique of individual positions combined with an accelerated interaction between languages, peoples and societies. This space of mutual influence and exchange celebrates the encounter between a plurality of perspectives and subjective forms of knowledge, questioning universal, absolute and normative concepts.


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