Co-organised by Contemporary Art Centre, the exhibition presents how artists from different countries saw the city of Vilnius in different historic periods.
Before the opening of the exhibition, Edwin Zwakman gave an exclusive interview to our contributor Eglė Elena Murauskaitė, a senior scholar at the University of Maryland specializing in international security. In this episode of the NARA podcast, they discuss Zwakman's work and challenge current geopolitical narratives embraced by the West.
Coming from the Netherlands, Zwakman is a vocal critic of the colonial past of his home country. He invites listeners to be self-reflective when engaging with the narratives we grew up with. But he is also aware of our limitations.
“I reap the benefits of the riches of the West – everything that’s brought in here by colonialism, imperialism, all the structures that are still in place sucking the world dry its resources,” says Zwakman. “I can say that I’m against colonialism. But at the end of the day, I am part of it all. I have an iPhone and a Mac laptop. These resources come from places that have near-slavery conditions. If they wouldn’t, I would never be able to afford them. So I am totally part of the system.“
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