PERVERSE DECOLONIZATION

Project heads: Ekaterina Degot, David Riff Curator of artistic commissions: Aneta Rostkowska

Funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation

Perverse Decolonization is an international research and discussion project addressing the current crisis of postcolonial studies and identity politics and its possible appropriations in new nationalisms emerging on a global scale. It proposes to look closely at how the decolonizing agenda we support is enlisted in reactionary projects, and what new forms of solidarity and common action one might propose to resist these new dangers. The project convenes an international working group of researchers including artists, writers, curators, and theorists from different regions (East Asia, Middle East, Eastern Europe, Western Europe, US). Together, they explore the notion of “perverse decolonization,” in the sense of an emancipative process gone wrong, but also bent to fit the rage of new, transgressive appetites. The project commences with a panel discussion in autumn 2017 and continues in a series of research symposia and public events throughout 2018, culminating in a symposium in autumn 2018.

Participants (as of October 2017): Saddie Choua (Brussels), Hans D. Christ (Stuttgart), Cosmin Costinas (Hong Kong), Eyal Danon (Holon), Iris Dressler (Stuttgart), Udi Edelman (Holon), Renan Laru-an (Manila), Maria Lind (Stockholm), Georgy Mamedov (Bishkek), Konrad Schiller (Warsaw), Janek Simon (Warsaw), Joshua Simon (Tel Aviv), Jan Sowa (Warsaw), Yesomi Umolu (Chicago), Mi You (Cologne)

Institutional partners: The Israeli Center for Digital Art, Holon (Israel), Para Site, Hong Kong (China), Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, Chicago (USA), STAB, School of Theory and Activism, Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan), Tensta Konsthall, Spånga (Sweden), Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart (Germany), Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw (Poland)