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“Who Knows Tomorrow”

PRITA MEIER

THE LANGUAGE OF GEOGRAPHY—Africa, Europe, the West, the periphery, local, global—inevitably drives exhibitions that critique Eurocentric paradigms. “Who Knows Tomorrow,” a multivenue exhibition on view this summer in Berlin, marked an attempt to move beyond this cartographic model by focusing on temporal interconnections. “Africa” and “Germany” were not considered spatial or conceptual opposites, but rather were signposts of a specific historical moment when discrete spaces such as nation and continent became operative for the modern management of “global” power. The texts accompanying the show thus constantly returned us to the late nineteenth century, when Berlin figured prominently in the colonization of Africa. Similar themes have been examined by curators before, but “Who Knows Tomorrow” imbued its narrative of reflection with a powerful specificity. Five works by artists

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