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WATA don PASS; Looking West

Nina Berre, Loulou Cherinet, Anawana Haloba, David Nilsson, Bisi Silva, Espen Wæhle

13.05.2015 -

In connection to the exclusive performance event WATA don PASS; Looking West with four artists from West Africa at Lilith Performance Studio a seminar will be hed at Moderna Museet Malmö. The seminar has been organized by and will be moderated by Marianne Hultman, and artists, art historians, curators and scientists from Nigeria, Norway, Sweden and Zambia will participate.

The notion that Sweden and Norway never took part in colonialism, or that if they did, their role was marginal, is still considered legitimate. But in recent years studies have disputed this claim. A new historiography is taking shape that interferes with the self-image we have become accustomed to. How is it that some parts of history remain unaccounted for, and what does that say about us? What happens when the façade of our national identity cracks and how does that affect how we perceive one another?

During the seminar perspectives will turn towards Sweden and Norway, while it broadens to include other parts of the continent, not only West Africa. With a starting point in the Berlin Conference in 1884-85, usually described as The Scramble for Africa, the seminar aims at learning more about Sweden-Norway's role during the conference and how our presence, especially in the Congo region, have inspired ideas and representations of the continent in the past as well as today.

We also look closely at collaborations between the Nordic countries and mainly Tanzania, Kenya and Zambia that sprang out of their independence in the 1960s. These coincided with the establishment of the aid agencies in the Nordic countries and a belief that the social democratic model could be exported and contribute to nation-building, modernization and prosperity.

Nina Berre, Curator and Director of Architecture at the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design in Oslo. Berre will discuss the Norwegian contribution to the Nordic Pavilion at the Architecture Biennale in Venice in 2014 Forms of Freedom, the African Independence and Nordic Models.

Loulou Cherinet, visual artist, divides her time between Stockholm and Addis Ababa. Cherinet will talk about her latest film project. Cherinet also takes part in Moderna Museet's current exhibition The New Human: You and I in Global Wonderland.

Anawana Haloba, visual artist, working in Oslo and Livingstone. In Reconstructing Histories; The City that Refuses to be Silenced LoCA Haloba will describe her latest project, the artist initiated library and research centre for art in Livingstone, Zambia.

David Nilsson, historian and researcher at KTH in Stockholm, recently published the article Sweden-Norway at the Berlin Conference 1884-1885: History, National Identity-making and Sweden's Relations with Africa. In Tales of Sweden: Failed Imperialist or Humanitarian Superpower Nilsson questions how much can one forget or omit from history before it becomes a lie?

Bisi Silva, founder and director of the CCA, Lagos in Nigeria has worked in Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland. What do these art scenes reveal for a curator based in Nigeria with the world as a working field.

Espen Wæhle, Project Manager at the Norwegian Maritime Museum, between 2005-2009 took part in a research project, which resulted in the publication Navigating Colonial Orders: Norwegian Entrepreneurship in Africa and Oceania. Wæhle will speak about Congo: Images, Imaginations, and Identity: 1870 to modern times.

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