Forging common ground: we must address the colonial genocide of the past in order to build a future based on new ways of seeing, understanding and speaking.
Knowledge and 'education' are powerful tools that can be used to aid liberation or force dominion. Leopold II’s educative approach was to chop off the hands of those who resisted colonial rule. This exhibition by Guy Woueté is essentially an attempt to forge a link between the past and the present. For Woueté, the importance of this elusive link, this common ground, cannot be underestimated; it is the prerequisite for new, shared ways of seeing, understanding and speaking. Without this shared understanding, we are bound to perpetuate the destructive systems that we are only now starting to fully acknowledge.
Who is Guy Woueté?
Guy Woueté (1980) comes from Cameroon and the colonial past of his country plays a major role in his work. Using history as his main source of material, he aims to build a future based on new ways of seeing and understanding eachother. Woueté has been living and working in Antwerp since 2011. He completed his residency at the Rijksacademie Amsterdam in 2010 and studied at ERG academy in Brussels, where he also teaches. In 2018 he had also a solo exhibition at Enough Room for Space, Drogenbos. His work is exhibited worldwide, recenty at Lumbumbashi Bienal (2019) and the 5th Addis Foto Fest (2018).
In collaboration with De Brakke Grond, where his exhibition 'Welkom' has been displayed from June 6 until July 11 2020.