Cities in Africa are faced with complex urban conditions marked by struggles over land rights, infrastructures and access to material and immaterial resources. Confronted with the legacies of colonial rule and the emergence of neocolonialism, new urban movements of resistance arise. Elke Krasny's lecture focuses on her research in Dakar, the capital of Senegal. The lecture will address issues of public memory of the planning strategies of the colonial past and the emergence of bottom-up urban transformation through self-organised cultural, educational and artistic practices.
Elke Krasny is a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. She holds a PhD from the University of Reading. In her work as a curator, cultural theorist, researcher and writer she focuses on issues of urban transformation, spatial justice, feminist art practices and curatorial knowledge production. In 2011 she was curator-in-residence at the Hongkong Community Museum Project. In 2012 she was visiting scholar at the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal. She edited the book Hands-On Urbanism. The Right to Green 1850-2012, the exhibition of the same title was presented at the Vienna Architecture Centre, the Venice Architecture Biennale and is currently on show at the Moravian Gallery Brno. Her 2015 exhibition Suzanne Lacy's International Dinner Party in feminist curatorial thought was shown at the Zurich University of the Arts.
Artwork by Trijntje Noske & Leonie Schneider
Poster by Gilles De Brock