Europa, Oxalá presents the work of twenty-one European artists and intellectuals whose families came from former colonies. These ‘children of empire’, born and raised in a postcolonial context, offer reflections on their heritage, memory, and identity.
Their parents and grandparents were born and lived in Congo, Angola, Guinea, Benin, Algeria, Madagascar – and these artists inherited not just voices, sounds, and gestures, but also images and memories of their cultures of origin, the starting point for extensive research in historical archives. As a result, their artistic production harbours a fresh approach to racism, the decolonisation of the arts, and the deconstruction of colonial thought. The manner in which some of them combine contemporary language with traditional processes is an essential contribution to the Europe of today.
Through their work, Europa, Oxalá showcases the creative power of contemporary European cultural diversity, opening new perspectives for the concept of Europe itself.
Europa, Oxalá is a traveling exhibition that was first presented at the MUCEM in Marseille (20.10.2021 > 16.01.2022), at Gulbenkian in Lisbon, Portugal (03.03.2022 > 30.05.2022) and from October 2022 at the AfricaMuseum,
The curators of the exhibition are Antonió Pinto Ribeiro (University of Coimbra, Portugal), Katia Kameli (artist) and Aimé Mpane (artist).