Romuald Hazoumè

Beninese Solidarity with Endangered Westerners

21.09.2013-12.01.2014 10:00-17:00


Opening: 21.09.2013, 3 p.m.

In co-operation with the steirischer herbst

Curated by: Günther Holler-Schuster

Duration: 21.09.2013-19.01.2014


Complex migration conditions demand a complex understanding of post-colonialism on the part of Europe’s multicultural societies. The lasting impact on the global situation from colonialism, decolonialisation and neo-colonialist tendencies brings to mind in various ways a kind of ‘liaison dangereuse’. The shifting of the term ‘post-colonial’ to a fundamental critique of the modern knowledge system and of the unifying discourse of Western rationalism results in modernity being qualified as a determining element. At present we are observing the emergence of an art that lays claim to global contemporaneity without borders or history – ‘modern’ is exchanged for ‘contemporary’. Given that contemporary art touches on problems that are of relevance worldwide, it has to be described as fundamentally global. The origin of an artist is relativised, and the question that becomes key is where an artist finds his audience.

 

 

The African artist Romuald Hazoumè founded the NGO Beninese Solidarity with Endangered Westerners with the aim of helping impoverished people in Europe. In so doing, he intervenes suddenly in this thick web of discourse, opening up an entirely new perspective. The hegemonic, euro-centric cultural claim is thereby cancelled, as are the accompanying political and social dynamics. This notion of reversing conditions, as Romuald Hazoumè plans it in his project at the Kunsthaus Graz, opens up unusual perspectives in the context of post-colonial discourse.

 

Kunsthaus Graz

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8020 Graz, Österreich
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Romuald Hazoumè, Beninese Solidarity with Endangered Westerners