19:15 - 19:30 performance at nona arts centre - old hall


image: Lavinia Wouters
image: Lavinia Wouters

The Black Archives (TBA) aims to highlight the history of people of African descent in the Netherlands and beyond. For Contour Biennale, the artist Raul Balai has created an adapted version of his series Never, in collaboration with TBA co-founder Jessica de Abreu, as an integrated part of TBA’s Pop-Up book exhibition. Never focuses on the way the ‘West’ shapes the world and its insistence on its own perverse account of history as global fact or truth. It explores how these ideas are present everyday and everywhere, allowing the exploitation of true heritage with colonial and imperial centre partiality; how they are often culturally revised, and how the media and academia repeat and frame our world as part of the western ‘situation’, the bravado of its peoples and the heroism of its countries.Never focuses on the way the ‘West’ shapes the entire world and determines what can be seen as fact or truth. The work shows how these ideas are still present in everyday life as well as in the media and the academic world.

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Raul Balai
The Black Archives
nona arts centre - old hall
Begijnenstraat 19
2800 Mechelen (B)