After Year Zero

Release date : Thursday 01 october 2015
Genre : Exhibition catalogue

Book ISBN number : 978-83-64177-25-5
Pages : 220

Year : 2015
Principal country concerned :
Column : Music, Fine arts, History/society

Published in conjunction with an exhibition that has traveled to the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw from Berlin's Haus der Kulturen der Welt, this volume takes as its starting point the realignment of global ties after 1945-Europe's "year zero"-and focuses on the worldwide phenomenon of decolonization.

Investigating magazines, journals, and newspapers, the diverse essays in After Year Zero shine a spotlight on collaboration, not confrontation, in the many publications launched at various times and in different places within the African continent or the African diaspora. As the volume contributors show, the format of these periodicals provided a means for temporary intervention against hegemonic voices and made possible the necessary task of creating a new language to talk about art, life, and politics. In addition to text-based essays, After Year Zero also includes visual essays designed like collages of documents, quotes, and images.

With its unique international and interdisciplinary approach, After Year Zero is an innovative study of postwar narrative possibilities and a powerful reflection on the processes by which the "universal" can be generated.


- Preface-Bernd Scherer
- Preface-Joanna Mytkowska
- Introduction-Annett Busch & Anselm Franke

- The Universal Project-Anselm Franke

- Universal Pictures: A Dialogue between a Future People from the Desert-Annett Busch


- Négritude as a Concept of Collaboration?-John Akomfrah

- Passions of Blackness and Imperatives of a Post-African Imagination: Re-reading Black Orpheus and Black Images-Denis Ekpo

- Decolonization in Adversity: Cultural Constellations through the Prism of Présence Africaine-Lotte Arndt

- Black Internationalism in Interwar France-David Murphy

- On Souffles: Geographies of Solidarity-Clare Davies

- Lotus Notes-Nida Ghouse

- Pan-Asianism and the Question: "What is Asia?"-James T. Hong

- Performing Solidarity: The Bandung Conference 1955-Shirin M. Rai

- Travelling Communiqué
Reading a Photo Archive (1948-80), Presidential Press Service, Yugoslavia

- Statecraft: An Incomplete Timeline of Independence Determined by Digital Auction-Kodwo Eshun

- Accra, and Urban Promise-Lukasz Stanek

- Where to Begin, Where to Belong: The Many Returns of Come Back Africa-Marie-Hélène Gutberlet & Tobias Hering

- Black Consciousness, Black Holes, Black Suns, and Black Collectivity-Stacy Hardy

- New Culture-Bisi Silva

- Diggin' or (Yes, Mr. Neogy, Magazines Do Culture…Sometimes)-Bongani Madondo

- African Jazz-Max Annas & Gary Minkley

- The Black Elegance: Escape from the ‘80s-Charles Tonderai Mudede

- History Does Not Repeat Itself, but It Does Rhyme-Fred Moten


  • Arterial network
  • Media, Sports and Entertainment Group (MSE)
  • Gens de la Caraïbe
  • Groupe 30 Afrique
  • Alliance Française VANUATU
  • Zimbabwe : Culture Fund Of Zimbabwe Trust
  • RDC : Groupe TACCEMS
  • Rwanda : Positive Production
  • Togo : Kadam Kadam
  • Niger : ONG Culture Art Humanité
  • Collectif 2004 Images
  • Africultures Burkina-Faso
  • Bénincultures / Editions Plurielles
  • Africiné
  • Afrilivres

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