Post Colonial Frames

27.06.2024 | Highlights

The exhibition presents intersectional perspectives on the theme of colonialism, with a particular focus on European-Western colonialism in Africa, viewing the phenomenon from a different perspective than the traditional textbook. Drawing on innovative voices in the era of the “African Renaissance,” the exhibition features a selection of works in the B#S Gallery that fully release their expressive power, especially through the intersection of videographic and material languages – particularly textiles.

The evocation of memory as a filament and as an intertwining that knots into sub-plots, and its fertile encounter with videography and photography as mediums that imply the process of revelation, is at the heart of the interpretations by artists from various parts of Africa, as well as those born in Italy (including Afro-descendants). From events in the Gulf of Guinea to South African apartheid, and the little-known circumstances of the former Italian colonies in the Horn of Africa, the final chapter of the exhibition shifts to the theme of colonial experience as a phenomenon that has impacted the cross-border territory in which we live, linking the experience of the African continent to that of the northeastern border region of Italy. Without claiming to be exhaustive, the complex and controversial phenomenon of colonialism is captured in its multifaceted nature by the sensitive eye of contemporary artists, who reinterpret its archetypal symbols, addressing some of the most pressing themes.

The new vision, blended with flour, inhabited by transplanted botanical species, and held together by threads that stitch together a memory at risk of extinction, allows the visitor to connect with the experiences of those who still bear the legacies of the “colonial enterprise” today. Another objective of the exhibition is to promote the educational use of the rich audio-video production by contemporary African artists and the numerous and undervalued organizations in Africa that focus on improving well-being through contemporary art. While it is true that archival material sources concerning Africa are not easily accessible in Europe, it is also true that the vast production of video and digital content by the African creative sector invites us to interpret the web (especially online archives and YouTube) as a new tool for investigating the state of African art. We thank the artists who have chosen to leave testimonies freely accessible on the web, for the benefit of new generations: the exhibition is equipped with a comprehensive educational apparatus – video visits to artist studios, interviews, in-depth analyses, creative exercise video clips – which relies precisely on these resources, naturally identified by African artists as a means to make their voices heard beyond traditional media.

The exhibition can be visited by reservation on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays in July by writing to prenotazioni@iodeposito.org