New nationalisms, toxic patriotisms and systems of exclusion have been on the rise for the last decade, reinforced by technology and rooted in colonialism, slavery and class oppression. Our time offers a unique twist on these age-old structures: rhetorics of decolonization are now weaponized by autocratic regimes, just as they are normalized in the phantasmagoria of cultural practices. It is this paradoxical and entangled situation that we, perhaps somewhat emotionally, started to refer to as “perverse decolonization.” This book is the result of a (self-)critical project of discussions, workshops, exhibitions and meetings in Cologne, Poland, Israel, Hong Kong and Chicago. Its conversations and essays question the twisted and oppressive climate in a world where true decolonization has yet to begin.


Edited by Ekaterina Degot, David Riff, Jan Sowa

With contributions by

160 pages, English
ISBN: 978-3-948212-48-3
The German edition of this book is published under the same title.



Co-Published with Akademie der Künste der Welt / Köln (Academy of the Arts of the World / Cologne)

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