“Everything Passes Except The Past” is an exhibition and online-festival organized by the Goethe-Institut in collaboration with Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Turin. The growing public awareness of racist violence and historic injustice has put colonial monuments, ethnographic collections and film archives into the spotlight of political and social debates. For the purposes of ”Everything Passes Except The Past“ we propose an artistic and discursive approach to the residues of colonialism in order to redefine power structures and envision alternative futures.
The exhibition will take place from September 17 – October 18 2020 at the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo and presents art works by Bianca Baldi, Alessandra Ferrini, Grace Ndiritu and the collective Troubled Archives. Colliding reality and representation, the presented art works put in question the Western idea of the colonial image as neutral “document“ and expose tensions between past and present. The exhibition is accompanied by a rich, discursive online-festival on October 17: Alongside a keynote contribution from Bénédicte Savoy, round-table talks with activists, artists, experts, curators and researchers from Africa, Latin America and Europe will take place. The debates will discuss the challenge to decolonize museum collections, public space and film archives in order to bring views from the Global North and the Global South into intensive dialogue. Besides, the presentations focus on the question how we could learn from the methodologies of art, critical theory, and activism to provoke politicisation and critical metamorphosis.
The festival is part of the Goethe-Institut’s 2-year long international project “Everything Passes Except The Past” which organised various workshops and events in Belgium, France, Portugal and Spain in 2019. Many of the participating artists and experts present works and statements that have been developed during this research period. A publication of the results in bookform is foreseen for October 2020.
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