In the title, 1975 refers to the year of the questionable transition from colonialism to postcolonialism. Project 1975 exposes some of the complex and unresolved issues arising from colonialism, and the ambivalence that is inherent to the term ‘postcolonial’. Contemporary art is an eminently suitable outlet for reflections on these issues, not least because of? its widespread critical tendency towards today’s geopolitics and its concurrent involvement with it.
Project 1975 is structured around two art-theoretical positions offered by Sven Lütticken and Ashley Dawson respectively. It furthermore comprises interviews by and with some of the artists and curators who contributed to the project: Alfredo Jaar, kari’kacha seid’ou, Koyo Kouoh, Charl Landvreugd, Senam Okudzeto, Vincent Vulsma and Katarina Zdjelar.
The book also contains visual overviews and information of the exhibitions, presentations, debates, commissioned art works and publications made in the framework of Project 1975, in SMBA and elsewhere.