FUTURE MEMORIES online publication


FUTURE MEMORIES collects texts, sound-recordings and images related to the debate concerning art, public space and memory culture in Africa. The contributions originated during a conference bearing the same name in Addis Ababa. Now, they are available in three languages.

The conceptual mosaic of this online publication interlinks formats employed in the visual and performing arts, architecture, film, literature, history and art history. Authors from Cameroon, Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Germany, Kenya, Morocco, Senegal and South Africa, actively involved in the production of art and engaged in artistic process, curatorial and scientific experiences in public space, here find a platform for their voices. Their decidedly analytical and intervention-oriented interest highlights the significance of the arts as a critical tool of the social and political context as manifestly as their resolve to interact with public spaces so as to take part in shaping their future.

The various contributions illustrate a series of locally focussed debates regarding monuments and monumentality, urban globalisation, urbanisation and power structures imbued symbolically. In many instances the on-going radical overhaul of Addis Ababa and its immediate environs sets the immediate background.

This online publication FUTURE MEMORIES is published by Elke aus dem Moore, head of the Art Department at ifa – Institute for International Cultural Relations, Stuttgart, Berhanu Ashagrie Deribew, director of the Alle School of Fine Arts and Design at the University of Addis Ababa in tandem with the curator Marie-Hélène Gutberlet as editor-in-chief.

The international conference FUTURE MEMORIES in September 2014 co-occurred with the donation of the Building for Peace and Security to the African Union (OAU) by the Federal Republic of Germany and the artwork which was commissioned for the occasion. The building and artwork will be open in 2015.



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