Post-Colonialism und Decolonial Practices

While too many places in the world are in a constant state of conflict and war, this year has been particularly frightening as well as revealing. In moments like these, it feels crucial, more than ever, to highlight important post-colonial theory and decolonial practices that help us to see and understand a more differentiated pictureC&’s extensive archive of knowledge has formulated an alternative narrative of many art histories for over a decade. In this context postcolonial theory and decolonial perspectives have always been and are a tissue of our practice, describing how the multi-layered, even contradictory layers of identity come together. We feel the urgent need to compile and share this reader with texts from our archive: to remind of how important these theories and movements have been and are: by providing a platform for diverse, equal and inclusive voices which tap into and speak from different contexts and expand our networks around the globe.

Installation view C& Center of Unfinished Business, HERE AND NOW at Museum Ludwig: Dynamic Spaces, Museum Ludwig, Cologne 2020, © Contemporary And. Photo: C&

C& Center of Unfinished Business

Book List on Post-Colonial Theory from the C& Library

Our library offers a wide selection of books that are connected to the topic of (post-) colonialism in various ways and help us to understand the now.

John Akomfrah: “If there is a problem with hybridity, for me, it is that it participates in this hierarchization of the world”


John Akomfrah: “If there is a problem with hybridity, for me, it is that it participates in this hierarchization of the world”

It's still C&10 and we retrieved another treasure from our archive: a conversation…

Photo: Nappy/Pexels

Contemporary Black Discourses

Navigating Pain and Possibility

Afrofuturism and Afropessimism both seek to step outside of limiting narratives and invite self-awareness into the conversation around Black lives.

Diasporic Library. Photo: Serine Mekoun

Inside the Library

The Diasporic Library, Brussels

Take a look into libraries and collections holding some of the rarer and often forgotten publications - this time: The Diasporic Library, Brussels.

Decentering the I: How to Redefine the Human

C& Center of Unfinished Business

Decentering the I: How to Redefine the Human

Will Furtado argues that indigenous knowledge has always held the solution to ecological catastrophe that is fueled by placing the human above all.

Christopher Ulutupu, Treadmill, 2021. Video Still. Courtesy the artist.

Over the Radar

Christopher Ulutupu: Fantasy, Desire, and Indigeneity

Despite having had limited cultural exchange, the continents of Africa and Oceania are…

Zineb Sedira, The Lovers, 2008
© the artist/DACS, London and courtesy kamel mennour, Paris/London

States of Mobility

Between Two Worlds

Mobility in the arts, geographical or otherwise, is often seen as almost a…

Clara Ianni e Mikhael Subotzky, Triangular, 2019. Image Credit: Lucas Barreto.

Conversations in Gondwana

Expanding Political Imagination Through South-South Collaboration

Conversations in Gondwana is a project initiated by Brazilian curators Juliana Gontijo and…

Delegation Parade Frelimo. Photo: Luc-Daniel Dupire. Courtesy of PANAFEST archiv

Another 68!

How 1960s Algeria Became a “Mecca for revolutionaries”

The political and cultural repercussions of the 1968 global riots have been extensively…

Meleko Mokgosi, Democratic Intuition Lerato Philia I, 2016 © Meleko Mokgosi. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

Round Table "identity"

Meleko Mokgosi: “the limitations that produce narrow interests are not caused by the artist”

In our ongoing series of round-table discussions we ask a selection of artists…

Souleymane Bachir Diagne, 2013. Courtesy of Antoine Tempé.

C& Print Issue #7

Souleymane Bachir Diagne: Trump Troubles

Senegalese philosopher Souleymane Bachir Diagne chats to C& about post-Trump America and Africa…

Kiosk Gallery Poster: 'Show Me Your Archive and I Will Tell You Who is in Power', 2017.

Show Me Your Archive and I Will Tell You Who is in Power

The Origins of Feminist Intersectionality

In the 1980s pioneering events brought together women from Europe and Africa to…

Pélagie Gbaguidi, The Missing link Dicolonisation Education by Mrs Smiling stone, Documenta 14, Athens 2017. Installation, school desks, photographs of Dr. Peter Magubane, glassine paper sheets, drawings with color pencil, earth and lipstick on transparent paper, video, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.

C& Print Issue #7

“If you’re running from history, it will eventually catch up with you”

Pélagie Gbaguidi, an artist from Benin appearing on documenta 14, tells C& about…

Jeannette Ehlers
'Whip it Good’ 2017. Photo: Aukje Lepoutre Ravn. Courtesy the artist.

Decolonial Thinking with Rolando Vázquez

The End of the Contemporary?

In March of this year, the sociologist Rolando Vázquez was invited to Berlin…

Healing without Forgetting

Kader Attia

Healing without Forgetting

The MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt presents the artist Kader Attia’s comprehensive solo exhibition, Sacrifice and Harmony.

Focus on Now, Not Tomorrow

C& Print: The Interview Issue

Focus on Now, Not Tomorrow

Curator Reem Fadda, who directs the sixth edition of the Marrakech Biennale, speaks…

On the Writing of Possible New Futures

Beyond the Magiciens effect

On the Writing of Possible New Futures

Our Author Sophie had a closer look at the symposium-Performance "Au-delà de l'effet-Magiciens".

Colonial Amnesia, Yesterday and Today

Resistance and Amnesia #2

Colonial Amnesia, Yesterday and Today

Until 1st August, the artist Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa exhibited works at the Innsbruck Art…

“Decolonial aesthetics/aesthesis has become a connector across the continents”

A conversation with Walter Mignolo

“Decolonial aesthetics/aesthesis has become a connector across the continents”

C& talks to Walter Mignolo, scholar at Duke University, touching upon the concept…

The coincidences between the Latin American and African art scenes

Transatlantic Connections

The coincidences between the Latin American and African art scenes

C& talks to curator Gabriela Salgado about the project 'Transatlantic Connections'.

The Salon Urbain de Douala (SUD) is an exception among festivals of contemporary African art. Sponsored by the Cameroonian organization doual’art, SUD’s goal is not so much to give pride of place to African artists as it is to give art pride of place in the lives of the residents of Douala. The theme of the third edition of the triennial (December 3-10, 2013) was “Douala Métamorphoses.”

C& in conversation with Igo Lassana Diarra

What happens to politically engaged culture during a crisis?

For Bamako-based cultural manager Igo Lassana Diarra, the crisis in Mali turns art…


C& Projects

The C& Center of Unfinished Business

Find an extraordinary, sometimes disconcerting selection of books linked to colonialism in our walk-in bookcase

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