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- DescriptionIt is w almost 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, the fragmentation of the Soviet Union into a series of republics and the rejection of communist politics in much of the former Eastern Bloc. Seen by many as a victory for the capitalist West over the communist East, the geopolitics of this period was far more complicated than this. Across a series of essays and artist contributions, Red Africa explores the crosscurrents of international solidarity and friendship. The aesthetic experience of the works and the exhibition is also an invitation for the visitor to explore what Leila Ghandi and others have described as a politics of affective community . Red Africa is the culmination of a two-year research programme and exhibition project at Calvert22, London, and Iwalewa House, Bayreuth. This traced the work of African artists and filmmakers who studied in the Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc under free education schemes originally offered under the Third International, discontinued during Stalin s reign then brought back during Khruschev s thaw .Connections were particularly strong with countries such as Mozambique, Ghana, Ethiopia and Angola that were conducting liberation struggles or which, post-independence, were part of the Non-Aligned Movement which held its first Summit conference in Belgrade in 1961. Red Africa is beautifully illustrated with film stills, artworks and archival images drawing on the extensive research of the contributing artists, researchers and curators. Contributors include Onejoon Che, Radovan Cukic and Ivan Majlovic, Ros Gray, Ana Balona de Oliveira, Burt Cesar, Filipa Cesar, Angela Ferreira, Yevgenyi Fiks, Kiluanji Kia Henda, Isaac Julien, Alexander Markov, Jo Ratcliffe, Polly Savage, Nadine Siegert, Manuela Ribeiro Sanches, The Travelling Communique Group, Milica Tomic, Tonel and Vanessa Vasic-Janekovic.
- Author BiographyMark Nash: Mark Nash is a curator, film historian and filmmaker, with a specialism in contemporary fine art moving image practices, avant-garde and world cinema. He was Professor and Head of Programme Curating Contemporary at the Royal College of Art. Prior to that Mark Nash was Director of Fine Art Research at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design. He has also been a Senior Lecturer in Film History and Theory at the University of East London, and Visiting Lecturer on the Whitney Museum Independent Study Programme in New York. He has also taught in a number of US institutions including Harvard, NYU and UC Santa Cruz, and has collaborated with Universitario Napoli Orientale, Department of Anglo American studies (collaboration on the EU-funded 'Museums and Libraries in the Age of Migrations' project), Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, Department of Curating and Jagellonian University, Cracow, Department of Curating.
- PublisherBlack Dog Publishing London UK
- Date of Publication28/09/2016
- SubjectFine Arts / Art History
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintBlack Dog Publishing Ltd
- Content Note110
- Weight1105 g
- Edited byMark Nash
- Format DetailsUnsewn / adhesive bound,Trade paperback (US)
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