In Aubervilliers, German curator Marion von Osten heads up a project that would follow her In the Desert of Modernity, Colonial Planning and After (Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, 2008; Les abattoirs, Casablanca, 2009). That project dealt with Casablanca and the way its housing developments served as a colonial laboratory for Europe. The central thesis of the next step of the project is that decolonization has changed the epistemological structure of thought and blazed the path toward postmodernism. Through her research, Marion von Osten addresses issues such as the rupture in social movements through decolonization, the nonaligned cinema, feminism, and decolonization. She works in close collaboration with artists, activists and researchers at several universities and institutes.

 Docs Populi – Documents for the Public, Berkeley, California, USA.
Africa Asia and Latin America with the Arab Peoples, 1968. Poster by Lázaro Abreu, 38 x 51 cm, Courtesy: Docs Populi – Documents for the Public, Berkeley, California, USA.

First workshops and lectures takes place on November, 5th 2011. On the 2d, 3d and 5th, programs of films in Khiasma and Les Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers are an occasion to share the ongoing research (see "Rendez-vous").
At the end of year 2012, a public art project and a publication will gather different materials and publicize the research.


In collaboration with the EHESS (École des hautes études en sciences sociales),
the INHA (Institut national de l'Histoire de l'art) research program «Arts et mondialisation» and the Espace Khiasma, and with the support of the Goethe Institut (Paris).