The artists publication WORLD 3 both completes and complements The Otolith Group’s exhibition at Bergen Kunsthall, “In the Year of the Quiet Sun”. The exhibition revisits moments from the grand political project of mid century Pan-Africanism, envisioned by revolutionaries such as W.E.B Du Bois, George Padmore, Frantz Fanon and Kwame Nkrumah as the total liberation of the African continent from Europe, through the building of a United States of Africa. One of the key works in the exhibition is the installation Statecraft, where the short century of decolonization, as formulated by Okwui Enwezor, is envisioned in the form of a political calendar assembled from the unlikely and anaesthetic medium of the postage stamp.
In close relation to the work Statecraft, WORLD 3 also employs the postage stamp as its main visual medium. The book assembles a trialogue between First Day Covers from newly independent African states, envelopes from the diaspora of the digital auction and an associative inventory of quotations from thinkers such as Walter Abish, Ayi Kwei Armah, Amilcar Cabral, Helene Cixous, Basil Davidson, Assef Djebar, Jacques Derrida, WEB Du Bois, Bessie Head, Frantz Fanon, Ruth First, Clarice Lispector, Kwame Nkrumah, Ali A Mazrui, Achille Mbembe, Fred Moten, Sony Labou Tansi and Nathaniel Mackey.
Published by Bergen Kunsthall in collaboration with Casco – Office For Art, Design And Theory (Utrecht), 2014.
Artist: The Otolith Group
Editors: Kodwo Eshun, Anjalika Sagar, Marin Clark and Steinar Sekkingstad
Softcover: 250mm x 330mm
Price: 40 euro / 320 nok