• “After Year Zero: Geographies of Collaboration”

    Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW)
    John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10
    September 19–November 25, 2013

    Curated by Anselm Franke and Annett Busch

    This fall, the HKW channels Germany’s devotion to Vergangenheitsbewältigung, or “dealing with the past,” into an investigation of global geopolitics in the wake of postwar Europe’s “zero hour.” The show’s breadth is suggested in two films by John Akomfrah—one regarding cultural critic Stuart Hall and the other addressing what the British filmmaker calls “the narcolepsy of the independent African states.”The Otolith Collective contributes a meditation on the 1967 Ghana International Trade Fair in Accra, and the now-dilapidated modernist building that once housed it. A new work by Kader Attia, meanwhile, turns our gaze toward the complicated motives behind the Vatican’s ethnographic collection of exotic fetish objects, and a film by Italian duo Yervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci Lucchi juxtaposes snapshots taken byMussolini’s soldiers in Ethiopia with archival footage of dancing Ethiopian and Eritrean girls. As a whole, the show proposes collaboration as a metaphor for politics along an axis of complicity and cooperation.