The history of the Avant-garde has been, like the history of Post-colonialism, one of struggles and emancipation. Often the product of subversive political and ideological forces, the plethora of avant-garde artistic practices found solace either in obliterating defeat or in the crushing victory of iron fists. Once unearthed, the genealogy of these movements reveals the not-so-subtle role of Futurist anxiety in the formulation of Fascism and the echoes of the red wedge beating the whites in order to help free (and threaten) entire continents from the grasps of antiquated forms of Imperialism. In resonance with its militaristic origins, the avant-garde exists somewhere between the conquered and the conqueror, between the distant gaze and bodily confrontation, between colonial structures, and the condition of post-colonialism.
In the ‘Post-Colonial Room’, WAI Architecture Think (Cruz Garcia & Nathalie Frankowski) Tank reflects on the history of the Avant-Garde as a tool for both, submission and liberation. The total installation uses Narrative Architecture to render the complex political, artistic, architectural, technological, ecological and anthropological characteristics of a post-colonial condition. The ‘Post-Colonial Room’ subverts the violent nature of a finite architectural space with militaristic (war room) and aesthetic (colonial room) origins, and questions the contemporary role of geopolitics, the construction of ecology, the aesthetic fetish of exotic environments and the romantic iconography of the avant-garde.
In an ever warming world, the tropics are, once again subjected to environmental, economic, humanitarian and militaristic threats. Test grounds for phenomena of catastrophic dimensions, romantic landscapes are reimagined in new relationships with radical forms of ideological architecture. The ‘Post-Colonial Room’ dissects through diverse media the point where a cosmos of literary descriptions intersects bucolic landscapes and political paraphernalia.
Post-Colonial Room is an exhibition by Hyde Chairs Cruz Garcia & Nathalie Frankowski / WAI Architecture Think Tank.
Opening Friday, April 20, 2018
Room 233 (Fishbowl)
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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