Perverse Decolonization

Perverse Decolonization is an international research and discussion project addressing the current crisis of Postcolonial Studies and identity politics and its possible appropriation by new nationalisms emerging on a global scale. The project, launched in 2018, proposes to look closely at how the decolonizing agenda is enlisted in reactionary projects, and what new forms of solidarity and common action one might propose to resist these new dangers. The project convenes an international working group of researchers including artists, writers, curators and theorists from different regions (East Asia, Middle East, Eastern Europe, Western Europe, US). Together, they explore the notion of 'perverse decolonization' in the sense of an emancipative process gone wrong, but also bent to fit a rage of new transgressive appetites.

A publication on the project will appear in summer 2021.

Perverse Decolonization is funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation

Festival of Original Fakes

Original Fakes engages with the production processes that subvert the hegemonic logic of the market by employing various ‘post-original’ methods. These include, among others, upcycling as a material practice and smart post-colonial maneuver, re-inventing artisanal skills in post-industrial labor contexts, the individualization of technologies and the inversion of the politics of appropriation.

Sites at Stake

Sites at Stake is about the various stakes that work in the making and the un-making of a site – may it be a site of dwelling or a memorial, of minority public culture or hegemonic popular culture, a relic of a post-colonial or post-industrial regime, a territory of military invasion or of art extravaganza.

Youth Academy

The Youth Academy offers a forum to artistically reflect on urgent political questions and to exchange ideas about them. In this way, everyone interested can get to know and help to shape alternative forms of education and the ways in which artistic and intellectual issues are being discussed. The projects in this program are based in different genres – from performance and music to video art and visual arts, dance and literature or photography and design. The common thread shared by all participants is their interest in the critical examination of aesthetically inquiring art, political issues and in the transdisciplinary collaboration with other people interested in art and culture.


Under the artistic direction of Ekaterina Degot, PLURIVERSALE took place twice a year from 2014 to 2017, each time for a period of two months. It consisted of site-specific projects, exhibitions, concerts, discussions, film screenings, and performative symposia, and proposed an alternative to the usual rhythms of biennials and their narratives – which too often turn out to be universalist and relativist at once. The format’s name referred to the concept of pluriversality as used by Enrique Dussel, Walter D. Mignolo, and other thinkers from the context of postcolonial studies: the idea that one needs not a universalist, but a ‘pluriversal’ hermeneutic to deal with a world of many entangled cosmologies, the interrelations of which are regulated by a colonial power differential. In this spirit, PLURIVERSALE could be imagined as a platform that rejected a unifying narrative in favor of a critical clustering of different ‘worlds’, nevertheless entangled through their critical, negative, and resistant attitudes to the power differentials of a singular modernity and its universalistic claim.