Project 1975: The Postcolonial Unconscious in Contemporary Art


Project 1975: The Postcolonial Unconscious in Contemporary Art


24 × 16 cm | 6 × 9 in
170 ills | 192 pages

Editors: Jelle Bouwhuis, Kerstin Winking

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Project 1975:The Postcolonial Unconscious in Contemporary Art was published in collaboration with the Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, and discusses globalisation in art and the relationship between the Dutch postcolonial predicament and contemporary art by way of its institutions.

The result of a two-year programme of exhibitions, commissioned essays, events and research at the Stedelijk, Project 1975 is a study of the effects of multicultural society on the visual arts. Taking its name from the year that Suriname officially became independent from the Netherlands, the book offers answers to current social and political questions affecting the visual arts: is the power position of the stereotypical European white male coloniser weaker these days? How has postcolonial theory contributed to a better understanding of artists from areas such as Suriname? Has the sophisticated art infrastructure of the West been instrumental in abolishing divisions between Western and non-Western art, or has it rationalised and maintained these distinctions?

Project 1975 approaches these questions from a variety of perspectives, to open up the discussion and provide suggestions for future approaches. Contributors include Jelle Bouwhuis and Kerstin Winking from the Stedelijk Museum Bureau, art critic and historian Sven Lütticken and author-activist Ashley Dawson. Interviews, texts and illustrations accompany the essays, alongside photographs of the works displayed in the Project 1975 exhibitions at the Stedelijk.