Art projects Echoes of the South Atlantic

Art project: Rethinking the aesthetics of the colony
Art project: Rethinking the aesthetics of the colony | Photo: © Studio Musa M. Mattiuzzi: Hirosuke Kitamura, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
  • 23. April 2018 — 31. December 2020

  • Postcolonial world order, Culture of memory, Postcolonial art production, Reappraisal of the colonial past

  • Berlin (Germany); Dakar (Senegal); Salvador (Brazil)

What cultural interrelations exist today between Africa and South America, after centuries of European hegemony and colonization? What might the cultural future of the South Atlantic look like? 16 artists from Africa, South America and Europe are jointly developing projects on the cultural connecting lines of the continents and asking about the cultural potential of South-South relations.


The projects will run from 2018 to 2020 and address a variety of themes, such as carnival traditions between the continents, post-colonial aesthetics in dance and performance, and the sound of the South Atlantic. First project results will be presented in July 2019 at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin. At the end of the project, all results will be presented at Dak'Art 2020, the Biennale in Dakar.

Until the 15th century, the Atlantic was a perceptible border between Africa and Europe on one side and America on the other. The overcoming of this border was followed by the well-known history of “discovery”, colonization, enslavement, exploitation, migration and wealth in Europe. The exchange between the three continents thus became more dynamic and resulted in a cultural linkage that changed the three continents fundamentally. Meanwhile, the political, cultural and economic constellations have changed and Europe is losing its relative importance. At the same time, the mutual interest and exchange between Africa and South America is increasing.

What about the Atlantic Triangle in the 21st century, asked the conference “Echos des Südatlantiks – Über die Zukunft süd-transatlantischer Beziehungen” 2019 in Berlin. The kick-off conference in Salvador da Bahia (Brazil) in 2018 focused primarily on new historiographies, migration and expulsion, and the civil societies of the future.

Video: The keynote "A Rise in Humanity" by Felwine Sarr 2019 at the conference in Berlin:


Responsible at the Goethe-Institut:
Julian Fuchs and Anja Riedeberger – Project Coordinators in the Goethe-Institut São Paulo (Brazil)