• Vestiges d’Empire
    https://laviedesidees.fr/Vestiges-d-Empire.html

    À propos de : Pierre Sintès, dir., Rue d’Alger, Art, mémoire, espace public, éditions MF. Que faire des traces de l’histoire coloniale dans l’espace public ? À partir du cas de Marseille, un ouvrage collectif propose d’explorer la place des monumentalités impériales dans le tissu urbain, dans un dialogue entre recherche et création.

    #Histoire #politique_de_mémoire #empire
    https://laviedesidees.fr/IMG/docx/20230104_alger.docx
    https://laviedesidees.fr/IMG/pdf/20230104_alger.pdf

    • Rue d’Alger. Art, mémoire, espace public

      En Méditerranée comme ailleurs, les sociétés portent les traces des matrices politiques et identitaires produites par leur passé. C’est ainsi que, discrètes ou flagrantes, les mémoires de périodes aujourd’hui révolues telles que la colonisation ou les régimes autoritaires perdurent dans les paysages comme dans les imaginaires des villes d’aujourd’hui. Quel est le sens de la permanence de ces mémoires dissensuelles dans l’espace public ? Quels sont leurs effets de long terme sur les sociétés ? Depuis plusieurs décennies déjà, de nombreux acteurs (militants, artistes, chercheurs) ont entrepris de démontrer que les rapports inégaux du présent peuvent être éclairés à la lumière de l’histoire et de ses traces dans le présent. Pour certains, cette reconnaissance est devenue indispensable pour que soient construites des lectures plus apaisées du passé et qu’adviennent des sociétés plus respectueuses de la place de chacun. 

      En ce début de XXIe siècle, les exemples se répondent aux quatre coins du monde pour que soient reconnues les souffrances du passé comme les inégalités du présent. Qu’ils inquiètent (séparatisme), amusent (folklore) ou convainquent (progressisme), ces mouvements, souvent regroupés sous le terme de post- ou dé-coloniaux, méritent d’être évalués afin de comprendre les mécanismes contemporains d’appropriation du passé et de son patrimoine, ainsi que la puissance du rôle qu’ils jouent dans la formation ou la contestation des espaces publics. Ce mouvement, qui associe justice mémorielle et activisme, était au cœur des œuvres des artistes regroupées pour l’exposition Rue d’Alger, tenue à Marseille en octobre 2020 lors de la biennale d’art contemporain Manifesta 13. Accompagnant cet événement, un ensemble de rencontres et de débats se sont tenus dont cet ouvrage vise à rendre compte. La vingtaine de contributions qui en résulte permet d’aborder la demande croissante de justice mémorielle aujourd’hui formulée par de nombreux acteurs, dans des États-nations contemporains qui s’enferment souvent dans le mépris des particularités et le déni des oppressions du passé.

      https://www.editions-mf.com/produit/114/9782378040499/rue-d-alger
      #livre

  • Las estatuas más incómodas de América

    En años recientes, conquistadores, militares y caudillos han sido bajados de sus pedestales por manifestantes o por los mismos gobiernos, que enfrentan un debate creciente sobre los símbolos y deben definir qué hacer con los monumentos antiguos, qué representan y qué lugar les corresponde

    En marzo de 2011, durante una visita oficial a la Argentina, el entonces presidente Hugo Chávez vio la estatua que se levantaba detrás de la Casa Rosada y preguntó: “¿Qué hace ahí ese genocida?”. Era una escultura de Cristóbal Colón de unos seis metros de alto y 38 toneladas, hecha en mármol de Carrara, ubicada allí desde hacía casi un siglo. “Colón fue el jefe de una invasión que produjo no una matanza, sino un genocidio. Ahí hay que poner un indio”, dijo Chávez. Para los funcionarios que lo acompañaban, ciudadanos de un país donde aún se repite que los argentinos descienden de los barcos, aquella figura tal vez nunca había resultado incómoda hasta ese momento. Pero tomaron nota de sus palabras.

    El comentario de Chávez no solo fue disparador de la remoción del monumento dedicado al marino genovés en Buenos Aires —una medida que tomó el Gobierno de Cristina Kirchner en 2013 y desató una larga polémica y una batalla judicial con la comunidad italiana—, sino también el síntoma de una época en que las sociedades de América, y algunos de sus dirigentes, empezaban a poner en discusión de forma más o menos central los símbolos que han dominado los espacios urbanos durante décadas. A veces manifestación de impotencia, a veces demagogia, a veces el descubrimiento repentino de una forma de mostrar la historia y de una resistencia que ya estaban allí desde hacía bastante tiempo, pero en los márgenes.

    “Las estatuas hablan siempre de quien las colocó”, escribió en 2020 el autor peruano Marco Avilés, columnista del Washington Post, después de una serie de ataques a monumentos confederados y a figuras de Cristóbal Colón durante las protestas antirracistas en Estados Unidos. En su texto, Avilés cuenta sobre el derribo a martillazos de una escultura del conquistador Diego de Mazariegos en San Cristóbal de las Casas, México, en octubre de 1992. Aquella estatua había sido emplazada 14 años antes frente a la Casa Indígena por orden del alcalde, para celebrar un aniversario de fundación de la ciudad. “Consultar a las personas indígenas o negras no es una costumbre muy extendida entre las élites que ahora gobiernan América Latina, y era peor hace cuatro décadas”, escribe Avilés.

    Bajar o dañar monumentos no es algo nuevo, pero desde finales de 2019, cuando las protestas en Chile marcaron el inicio de una ola de estallidos sociales en todo el continente, dejó de ser un gesto extremo, marginal, y pasó a ser una especie de corriente revisionista febril que recorría la región a martillazos. Y un desafío esperado. En Santiago, la escultura del general Baquedano —militar que participó en las campañas contra los mapuche y es considerado un héroe de la Guerra del Pacífico— se convirtió en ícono de la revuelta ciudadana. Fue pintada y repintada, embanderada, convertida en blanco y en proclama: la más notable de los más de mil monumentos dañados esos meses. En Ciudad de México, la estatua de Cristóbal Colón que estaba en el Paseo de la Reforma —la avenida más importante de la ciudad— fue retirada con rapidez la noche del 10 de octubre de 2020, ante el rumor de que algunos grupos planeaban destruirla el 12 de octubre. Ese mismo año comenzó en Colombia una serie de derribos de estatuas que llegó a su punto máximo durante el Paro Nacional de 2021, cuando bajaron la escultura del conquistador Sebastián de Belalcázar en Cali y siguieron con Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada en Bogotá —fundador de la ciudad—, Cristóbal Colón, Isabel la Católica y hasta Simón Bolívar.

    Durante los últimos dos años, la pandemia permitió mitigar por momentos el fuego de la protesta social en el continente y ofreció un respiro a los monumentos, pero la crisis sanitaria ha dejado de ocupar un lugar central en la vida pública y los asuntos pendientes vuelven a salir a flote. Este mes, la alcaldía de Cali ha decidido restituir —y resignificar— la estatua de Belalcázar, y Chile ha reinstalado la estatua de Manuel Baquedano, ya restaurada, en el Museo Histórico Militar, aunque no está claro su destino final. Mientras el aumento en el costo de vida vuelve a caldear los ánimos en las calles de la región, y un nuevo 12 de octubre se acerca, la discusión sobre cómo y con qué símbolos se recuerda la historia propia en las ciudades de América sigue abierta.

    México y Argentina: un Colón en el armario

    En 2013, dos años después de la visita de Hugo Chávez a la capital argentina, el Gobierno de Cristina Kirchner finalmente retiró la estatua de Cristóbal Colón de su sitio y la reemplazó por una de Juana Azurduy, heroína de la independencia que luchó contra la monarquía española por la emancipación del Virreinato del Río de la Plata.

    El cambio levantó ampollas en la colectividad italiana en el país. Sus miembros recordaron que habían sido ellos los donantes de la estatua de Colón hacía más de un siglo y exigieron un nuevo emplazamiento a la altura del personaje. El proceso no fue sencillo. Colón estuvo a la intemperie durante más de dos años, repartido en múltiples fragmentos y preso de un arduo debate político. La oposición criticaba lo que consideraba una decisión desafectada de la historia; el Gobierno se escudaba en el revisionismo histórico y en la necesidad de respetar la memoria de los pueblos originarios.

    El Colón de mármol terminó de encontrar un sitio en 2017. El Gobierno levantó un pedestal en la costanera norte del Río de la Plata, entre pescadores, caminantes y puestos de comida que los fines de semana se llenan de gente. La estatua mira desde entonces hacia Europa, como lo hacía antes del traslado, con el rostro atento a las olas y abierto a las tormentas. Un sitio solo apto para marinos.

    Fue también un gobierno progresista el responsable de remover la estatua de Cristóbal Colón instalada en el Paseo de la Reforma de Ciudad de México, pero la medida no fue convertida en un gesto épico, sino en uno de evasión; una forma de evitar un problema: el 10 de octubre de 2020, dos días antes de la conmemoración de la llegada del genovés a América, las autoridades de la ciudad hicieron quitar la escultura de bronce. La versión extraoficial es que lo hicieron para que el Colón no fuera destruido por manifestantes el 12 de octubre. Sin embargo, semanas después, se anunció que la figura estaba resguardada en una bodega donde iban a intervenirla para su conservación, y que después de estos trabajos sería reubicada en otro sitio.

    Estas decisiones abrieron el debate sobre la pertinencia de la estatua en el siglo XXI. Los grupos que protestaban contra Colón aseguraban que se trataba de “un homenaje al colonialismo” y que su relevancia debía ser revisada. Su retiro coincidió con la conmemoración de los 500 años de la caída de Tenochtitlan ante los conquistadores españoles. A diferencia de lo que ocurrió en Argentina, no existieron reclamos a favor de conservar la estatua en la principal avenida de la capital mexicana, pero su destino siguió siendo una incógnita.

    El próximo mes se cumplirán dos años desde que la figura de Colón — que fue instalada en 1875— fuera retirada de las calles. “Se le dará un lugar, no se trata de esconder la escultura”, dijo el año pasado la jefa de Gobierno de la ciudad, Claudia Sheinbaum, sobre su reubicación. La glorieta que Colón ocupaba ahora alberga el Monumento de las Mujeres que Luchan, una improvisada manifestación de diversos grupos feministas que se han apropiado del sitio para protestar contra la violencia machista. El Gobierno tenía planes de instalar otro tipo de escultura, pero los planes permanecen frustrados hasta ahora.
    Chile y Colombia, de las calles a los museos

    En septiembre de 2020 en Popayán, capital del departamento colombiano del Cauca y una de las ciudades más poderosas del virreinato de la Nueva Granada, un grupo de indígenas de la comunidad misak derribó una estatua ecuestre del conquistador español Sebastián de Belalcázar que había sido ubicada en el lugar de un cementerio precolombino, por lo que era vista como una humillación. Lo hicieron tres meses después de que el Movimiento de Autoridades Indígenas del Sur Occidente difundiera un comunicado en el que los llamados Hijos del Agua o descendientes del Cacique Puben escenificaron un “juicio” a Belalcázar.

    Medio año después, cuando el país se sacudía por las protestas sociales en medio de un paro nacional, de nuevo un grupo misak del movimiento de Autoridades Indígenas del Sur Occidente derribó la estatua de Belalcázar en Cali, la tercera ciudad del país, cerca de Popayán. “Tumbamos a Sebastián de Belalcázar en memoria de nuestro cacique Petecuy, quien luchó contra la corona española, para que hoy sus nietos y nietas sigamos luchando para cambiar este sistema de gobierno criminal que no respeta los derechos de la madre tierra”, explicaron entonces. Diez días después, tras llegar a Bogotá, derribaron la estatua del fundador de la ciudad, Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada. Y, de forma menos debatida y visible, cayeron también un conjunto de estatuas de Cristóbal Colón e Isabel la Católica, y una estatua ecuestre de Simón Bolívar.

    Esos monumentos y acciones han dejado tras sí una estela de reflexiones y unos dilemas de política pública que se han resuelto de manera diferente, como parte de un proceso de discusión del significado de la conquista en un país mayoritariamente mestizo. En Cali, un decreto ordenó reinstalar la estatua con una placa que debe reconocer a “las víctimas de la conquista española”. Bogotá ha optado por llevar las figuras derribadas a los museos, dejando visible los efectos de las caídas, para así dejar abierto el debate.

    Preservar las marcas de guerra en las esculturas parece una forma hábil de conciliar los significados múltiples que adquiere un monumento intervenido o derribado durante una protesta social, pero no es aplicable a cualquier escala. En Chile, en los cuatro meses siguientes a octubre de 2019, 1.353 bienes patrimoniales sufrieron algún tipo de daño a lo largo del país, según un catastro del Consejo de Monumentos Nacionales. Decenas de ellos se perdieron por completo, se retiraron o se reemplazaron.

    La extracción más simbólica debido a su ubicación en el epicentro de las revueltas fue la escultura del General Manuel Baquedano. La obra de bronce erigida hace casi un siglo en la Plaza Italia de Santiago fue removida de su sitio en marzo de 2021 después de que un grupo intentase cortar las patas del caballo sobre el que posa el militar. Tras una exhaustiva labor de restauración, la escultura ha sido reinstalada esta semana en el Museo Histórico y Militar (MHN) por solicitud del Ejército. Las otras seis piezas que conforman el conjunto escultórico, también seriamente dañadas, están almacenadas en el museo a la espera de ser restauradas.

    Atacar esculturas fue una práctica habitual durante las manifestaciones. En la mayoría de los casos fueron rayadas con proclamas, pero en los más extremos llegaron a destruir monumentos, principalmente de figuras de la colonización europea o militares chilenos. En el centro de la ciudad norteña de Arica, por ejemplo, destruyeron un busto de Cristóbal Colón elaborado con mármol, donado por la Sociedad Concordia Itálica en 1910, en el centenario de la independencia chilena. El municipio se encargó de resguardar los pedazos. En La Serena, 400 kilómetros al norte de Santiago, derribaron y quemaron una estatua del conquistador español Fracnisco de Aguirre, que luego fue reemplazada por la de una mujer diaguita amamantando a un bebé.
    Estados Unidos: contra confederados y colonialistas

    Las estatuas que se consideran símbolos del esclavismo y el racismo llevan décadas provocando polémica en Estados Unidos, pero en los últimos años la batalla sobre los símbolos se ha recrudecido. En 2017, la decisión de Charlottesville de retirar la estatua del general confederado Robert E. Lee llevó a movilizarse hasta allí a cientos de neonazis y supremacistas blancos con antorchas, y generó a su vez una contraprotesta de los habitantes de la ciudad. Una mujer de 32 años murió arrollada por el coche de un neonazi. Tras los disturbios, y la respuesta equidistante de Trump, decenas de placas y estatuas en homenaje al general Lee y otros destacados miembros del bando confederado, que defendía la esclavitud en la Guerra Civil, fueron derribadas, dañadas o retiradas. La de Charlottesville fue retirada cuatro años después de la revuelta supremacista.

    Esa llama reivindicativa contra el racismo institucionalizado se reavivó en la primavera de 2020 tras la muerte de George Floyd en Mineápolis a manos de la policía. Una estatua del presidente confederado Jefferson Davis fue derribada en Richmond (Virginia), y también en esa ciudad, que fue capital confederada durante la guerra, fueron atacadas estatuas de los generales J. E. B. Stuart, Stonewall Jackson y el propio Lee. Monumentos confederados en Alabama, Luisiana, Carolina del Norte y Carolina del Sur, entre otros, fueron derribados o pintados también.

    Especialmente en esa última oleada, las protestas han puesto en el punto de mira las estatuas en memoria de quienes consideran artífices del colonialismo. Una manifestación contra el racismo derribó en junio de 2020 en San Francisco una estatua de Fray Junípero Serra, fundador de las primeras misiones de California. También la de Los Ángeles fue derribada por activistas indígenas. Pero el más señalado por esa reivindicación contra el colonialismo fue y sigue siendo Cristóbal Colón, pese a que no pisó Norteamérica. También en junio de 2020, la estatua de Colón en Boston fue decapitada; la de Richmond (Virginia), fue arrancada y arrojada a un lago; la de Saint Paul (capital de Minnesota), fue derribada y la de Miami, llena de pintadas de protesta por parte del movimiento Black Lives Matter.
    Un nuevo sujeto social: los realistas peruanos

    En el Perú, Cristóbal Colón aún conserva su cabeza. No ha sido tumbado por sogas ni ha ido a parar a algún depósito. Pero cada 12 de octubre se discute si su estatua de mármol, inaugurada hace dos siglos, debe permanecer oronda en el Centro de Lima, con una mujer indígena a sus pies.

    Vladimir Velásquez, director del proyecto cultural Lima antigua, sostiene que el descontento ciudadano hacia el navegante genovés se ha manifestado en un ataque simbólico. “La escultura más vandalizada del Centro Histórico es la de Colón. No la han destruido de un combazo, pero en varias ocasiones le han rociado de pintura roja, aludiendo a los charcos de sangre que se desataron en la época colonial”, dice.

    En octubre de 2020, cincuenta activistas enviaron un pedido formal a la Municipalidad de Lima para que la estatua de Cristóbal Colón sea retirada y llevada a un museo. “No estamos a favor que se destruya, pero sí que se le dé una dimensión histórica. Debería construirse un lugar de la memoria sobre el coloniaje”, dice el abogado Abel Aliaga, impulsor de la moción. La respuesta municipal le llegó por correo electrónico el 4 de mayo de este año. Fue breve y contundente: es intocable por ser considerada Patrimonio Cultural de la Nación.

    En octubre del año pasado, sin embargo, sucedió un hecho inédito: al pie del monumento se plantó un grupo de manifestantes, autodenominados realistas, con escudos de madera pintados con el Aspa de Borgoña, símbolo de la monarquía española. El grupo llamado Sociedad Patriotas del Perú, que ha defendido el supuesto fraude a la candidata Keiko Fujimori en las últimas elecciones presidenciales, se enfrentó a los activistas decoloniales. No pasó a mayores, pero hubo tensión. Hay un debate ideológico debajo de la alfombra que amenaza con salir a la luz el próximo 12 de octubre.

    https://elpais.com/internacional/2022-09-25/las-estatuas-mas-incomodas-de-america.html

    #monuments #statue #colonialisme #toponymie #toponymie_politique #Amérique_latine #Christophe_Colomb #Colomb #Mexique #Chili #Manuel_Baquedano #Argentine #Colombie #Popayán #Sebastián_de_Belalcázar #Belalcázar #Cali #Gonzalo_Jiménez_de_Quesada #Simón_Bolívar #Isabelle_la_catholique #Mujeres_Creando #résistance #Arica #USA #Etats-Unis #Charlottesville #Robert_Lee #Jefferson_Davis #Richmond #Stonewall_Jackson #Stuart #Boston #Miami #Black_Lives_Matter (#BLM) #Lima #Pérou

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  • #Mémorial de #Souvorov

    Le mémorial de Souvorov (appelé en allemand #Suworow-Denkmal, également #Russen-Denkmal), est un monument situé dans les #gorges_des_Schöllenen, près du #pont_du_diable, sur le territoire de la commune uranaise d’#Andermatt, en #Suisse.

    Le monument a été dressé en mémoire des #soldats_russes morts au combat lors de leur traversée des Alpes en septembre #1799 sous le commandement du général #Alexandre_Souvorov. Il rappelle en particulier les combats qui se sont déroulés dans la région le 25 septembre 1799 entre les troupes russes et celles commandées par le général napoléonien #Lecourbe.

    Le monument a été érigé en 1895-1898 selon des plans d’A. Werschinsky, avec l’approbation de la Suisse. Le terrain sur lequel il se dresse est la propriété de l’État russe ; cependant, contrairement à une légende urbaine, la parcelle n’est ni une zone extraterritoriale, ni une enclave russe en Suisse.

    Lors de sa visite d’État en Suisse, le président russe Dmitri Medvedev a visité le monument le 22 septembre 2009 en compagnie du président suisse Hans-Rudolf Merz.

    https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%C3%A9morial_de_Souvorov
    #monument #Suisse #Russie

    –-> on en parle dans cette série historique sur le canton Tessin :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/978229

  • Romania: il monumento della vergogna
    https://www.balcanicaucaso.org/aree/Romania/Romania-il-monumento-della-vergogna-220833

    A Piteşti, sede in passato di un carcere dove venivano torturati i dissidenti politici, è stato eretto un monumento in omaggio ad ex membri della Securitate, la polizia politica del regime di Ceaușescu

    • The monument to the security guards, erected in the city of the terrible #Pitesti_Experiment: “It’s very serious”

      The erection of a monument for former SRI and former Securitate workers caused a major scandal, the monument being erected in Pitesti, where the terrible Pitesti Experiment took place.

      Almost 100 people participated in the unveiling of the monument PHOTO argespress.ro

      The monument, which has the shape of a carved wooden cross, was unveiled on September 14 in the Pitesti Military Cemetery, on the occasion of an action organized by the Argeș branch of the Association of Reserve and Retired Military Cadres from the Romanian Intelligence Service (ACMRR-SRI) . According to the organizers, the monument was erected in memory
      “to the soldiers who worked on the “invisible front”, in the activity of defending Romania’s fundamental values”. Basically, the monument was erected both for the former workers of the SRI and of the former Securitate. And the tribute to the “heroes” of the former Securitate in the very city where the terrible Pitesti Experiment took place sparked a wave of revolt at the national level.

      The Institute for the Investigation of the Crimes of Communism and the Memory of the Romanian Exile (IICMER) requested the removal of the monument from Pitesti.

      “The truth” spoke, related to this controversial monument, with Maria Axinte – the founder of the Pitesti Prison Memorial, with Cristian Gentea – the mayor of Pitesti and with the reserve colonel Dumitru Șovar, president of the Association of Reserve and Retired Military Cadres – SRI Argeș, the organizer of the event.
      The Pitesti experiment, “the most terrible barbarism of the contemporary world”

      Between 1949 and 1951, the Pitesti Experiment took place at the Pitesti prison, considered to be the largest and most intensive program of brainwashing through torture in the communist bloc. Of the thousands of people who went through the Pitesti Experiment, less than ten are still alive today.

      The writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn – laureate of the Nobel Prize for literature – believed that the Pitesti experiment was “the most terrible barbarism of the contemporary world”, and the historian François Furet, a member of the French Academy, considered the “Pitesti Phenomenon” “one of the most terrible experiences of dehumanization that our era has known”.

      Twelve young people died in the Pitesti Experiment and several thousand were tortured. Hundreds of former detainees were left with psychological or physical trauma for life.

      11 years ago, some Pitesti residents led by a passionate young woman, Maria Axinte, had the idea of ​​establishing the Pitesti Prison Memorial Foundation. And this foundation has been managing the part of the building that has preserved the appearance of a prison ever since. In order to create a professional visiting circuit, several investments were made here, thanks to the dozens of volunteers who got involved in the project. And in 2014, part of the former Pitesti prison was opened to the public. In the summer of this year, the world’s first Museum of Communism for Children was opened at the Pitesti Prison Memorial.
      “The authorities should apologize to the victims of the communist regime”

      “Although it was a “discreet” event, in the sense that the monument was probably erected for the ego of some “marking personalities” of the local intelligence services, the event in Pitesti once again accuses the sleepy and disrespectful consciences of the state institutions Romanian. Because, unfortunately, the Securitate, contrary to its noble name, dealt with systematic violence and continuous terror during the communist dictatorship. And many still remember it very well. And there are no excuses like “not all were bad”, because this institution had a clear mission, which some fulfilled with zeal, hence the general indignation”Maria Axinte, the founder of the Pitesti Prison Memorial, declared exclusively for “Adevărul”.

      The monument unveiled on Thursday, September 14, at the Pitesti Military Cemetery is less than five kilometers from the former Pitesti prison. The event was attended by almost 100 military reservists of SRI, SIE and the Directorate of Military Intelligence from several counties and representatives of reservist associations of MAPN, MAI

      “Everything is all the more serious as this monument was erected in the city where the Pitesti Experiment took place, right at the former prison that is today, partially, a memorial museum, right in the center of the city. And in which the “unseen” services were capable of such a violent and dehumanizing action against more than 600 anti-communist students that it became unique in the communist world. And let’s not forget the resistance groups and their supporters in the Muscel area, who were terribly tortured at the Pitesti Security and Pitesti Prison in the 1950s. Hundreds of women and men, of all ages and social categories, who decided to do something against the communist dictatorship. The local authorities should publicly apologize to by the victims and survivors of the regime for allowing the monument to be erected and to remove it”adds Maria Axinte.
      “We did not want to offend the sad events that the Pitesti Experiment represented”

      “Adevărul” also requested a point of view from Cristian Gentea, the mayor of Pitesti, related to the erection of the monument, which in just a few days caused numerous controversies and criticisms.

      “I’ve been away on vacation for a week, I’m not in the country. Pitesti City Hall has no involvement in that event. I have no further comments to make”stated for “Adevărul” Cristian Gentea, the mayor of Pitesti.

      “Adevărul” also spoke, related to the controversial monument, with colonel (r) Dumitru Șovar, president of the Association of Reserve and Retired Military Cadres-SRI Argeș, the organizer of the event.

      “I am actually amazed at how this activity was interpreted. I can only say that we did not in any way want to touch or offend in any way those sad events that the Pitesti Experiment represented”says Dumitru Sovar.

      Florin Şandru, the president of ICCMER, demands the removal of the monument, arguing that Securitate was not an intelligence service, but “the armed arm of the party, with which it killed those who opposed communism.”

      “Most of the deaths of the fighters of the invisible front from the State Security Department took place during the confrontations with the real heroes of Romania, the officers, teachers, workers, peasants, priests and students, who resisted communism, imposed in Romania by the Red Army and the Romanian Communist Party”says Florin Şandru.

      Dumitru Șovar denies the fact that the unveiling of the monument is related to former employees of the Security from before 1989. “IICCMER President’s statement is mind boggling. We have nothing to do with those events. We are decades away from that”says Dumitru Sovar.

      https://romania.postsen.com/local/81931/The-monument-to-the-security-guards-erected-in-the-city-of-the-terr

  • Anti-colonialist #sculpture unveiled in London’s #Trafalgar_Square

    Samson Kambalu’s post-colonial sculpture “#Antelope” was unveiled on Wednesday as the new sculpture on the empty Fourth Plinth of London’s Trafalgar Square.

    The bronze resin sculpture features Baptist preacher and educator #John_Chilembwe, who led an uprising in 1915 against British colonial rule in #Nyasaland — now #Malawi.

    He was later killed by colonial police and is commemorated in Malawi on John Chilembwe Day, which marks the beginning of the Malawi independence struggle.

    The sculpture is the latest in a rolling programme overseen by the mayor of London that began in 1998 to showcase contemporary art on the empty plinth.

    Previous installations have included a giant ship in a bottle and a swirl of replica whipped cream, topped with a sculpted cherry, fly and drone.

    At Chilembwe’s side in Kambalu’s sculpture is his friend and supporter, the European missionary John Chorley.

    The artist said it was designed to shed light on Britain’s colonial legacy in southern Africa.

    “People present colonialism as a kind of conqueror and victim (story),” Kambalu told AFP at the unveiling.

    “But actually, it’s more complex than that. There are heroes on both sides. There is dignity on both sides.”

    Chorley is life-sized, while Chilembwe is “larger than life” — elevating the pastor’s story and Britain’s colonial past into the public eye.

    “There’s a lot to be addressed,” said Kambalu.

    Kambalu said that by highlighting what he said was Britain’s failure to address its colonial legacy in southern Africa, such as Malawi, he hoped his work would shed light on this “hidden history”.

    Both figures in the sculpture wear hats — a banal feature at a first glance but evoking the colonial prohibition which barred African men from wearing hats in front of a white person.

    “Antelope” is the 14th commission in the programme.

    “It sparks conversation with the general public. Everyone loves to have an opinion about the Fourth Plinth. It generates debate,” said Justine Simons, deputy mayor for culture and the creative industries.

    The sculpture will be succeeded in 2024 by Teresa Margolles’ “850 Improntas” (850 Imprints), which features casts of the faces of 850 transgender people from around the world.

    Recent calls by MPs and others have urged the Mayor of London to feature a statue of the late Queen Elizabeth II on the Fourth Plinth.

    “That will be a decision for His Majesty the King, at the appropriate moment,” said Simons.

    "It’s a programme that’s been going for 20 years, and we’ve got at least another four years of sculptures already commissioned.”

    https://www.rfi.fr/en/people-and-entertainment/20220928-anti-colonialist-sculpture-unveiled-in-london-s-trafalgar-square
    #monument #Londres #colonialisme #anti-colonialisme #UK #Angleterre #Samson_Kambalu #histoire #historicisation #mémoire #passé_colonial #villes

    ping @cede @reka

  • Village’s Tribute Reignites a Debate About Italy’s Fascist Past

    This village in the rolling hills east of Rome is known for its fresh air, olive oil and wine — and its residual appreciation of Benito Mussolini, whose image adorns some wine bottles on prominent display in local bars.

    This month, the town’s fascist sympathies became the subject of intense debate when its mayor unveiled a publicly financed memorial to one of its most controversial former citizens: Rodolfo Graziani, a general under Mussolini who was accused of war crimes at the end of World War II and earned the title of “the Butcher” in two campaigns during Italy’s colonization of North Africa in the 1920s and ’30s.

    The monument, in a style reminiscent of fascist architecture, sits on the town’s highest hill, with the Italian flag flying from the top and inscriptions reading “Honor” and “Homeland.” Inside sits an austere marble bust of General Graziani, surrounded by original copies of the front pages of the newspapers from the day of his death in 1955, a plaque from a street once dedicated to him here and a list of his deeds and honors.

    The dedication elicited harsh criticism from left-wing politicians and commentators in the pages of some Italian newspapers, and has raised deeper questions about whether Italy, which began the war on the side of the Axis powers and ended it with the Allies, has ever fully come to terms with its wartime past.

    In an interview, Ettore Viri, the mayor of Affile, brushed off the criticism. “The head is a donation of a citizen,” he said, glancing proudly at the bust, before quickly acknowledging that he was the citizen. “Actually, I had it in my living room,” he said, adding that he had given large donations of his own money to maintain Mussolini’s grave in northern Italy.

    Yet the mayor’s political opponents are aghast at the town’s honoring General Graziani — and using $160,000 in public money to do so. In a statement released the day before the dedication ceremony, Esterino Montino, a regional leader of the Democratic Party, said, referring to the Nazi leader Hermann Goering: “It’s as if some little village in some German province built a monument to Goering. The fact that such a scandal is planned in a small village outside of Rome does not downgrade the episode to provincial folklore.”

    By and large, however, the memorial appears to have won acceptance in this mostly conservative town of 1,600. More than 100 people attended the dedication, some of them holding flags of far-right extremist groups and wearing black shirts in a nod to Mussolini’s Blackshirt squads, according to several people who attended.

    For some, General Graziani’s crimes from World War II pale in comparison to what he did in Africa earlier, killing hundreds of thousands of people — sometimes with chemical weapons — and wiping out entire communities, especially in Eritrea.

    In the 1930s, General Graziani commanded some of the Italian troops who invaded Ethiopia under the reported slogan “ ‘Il Duce’ will have Ethiopia, with or without the Ethiopians.” He later became the viceroy of Ethiopia, where he earned his second title as butcher — the first came in Libya — for a particularly brutal campaign in reprisal for an attempt on his life.

    After the fall of Mussolini’s government in 1943, General Graziani remained loyal to him and became the minister of war of the Italian Social Republic, a rump government led by Mussolini in the parts of Italy not controlled by the Allies. General Graziani was never prosecuted for any war crimes in Africa, but in 1948 the United Nations War Crimes Commission said there were plausible charges against him and other Italians.

    In 1948, an Italian court in Rome sentenced General Graziani to 19 years in prison for collaborating with the Nazis, but he received a suspended sentence that was later commuted.

    But it was the African campaigns, which went entirely unpunished, that critics say are the greatest stain on his record, and the strongest argument against a memorial. “A monument to somebody who committed crimes against humanity in his fierce repression using gas against young Ethiopians is serious and unacceptable, regardless of where it happens,” Mr. Montino, the left-wing lawmaker, wrote.

    Here in Affile, many regard General Graziani more as a local boy who made good than the perpetrator of some of the most heinous massacres in Mussolini’s bloody colonization campaigns.

    “To me it’s a recognition of our fellow citizen who was the youngest colonel of the Italian Army,” said Alberto Viri, a 65-year-old retiree who lives in Milan but was vacationing on a recent afternoon in his native Affile. “He defended the homeland until the end, as he was loyal to our first allies, the Germans, even after Sept. 8,” Mr. Viri added, referring to the armistice when Italy shifted from the Axis to the Allies.

    Some are more upset by the financing than by the monument itself. “I am not a fascist,” said Aldo Graziani, 72, a retiree (no relation) who joined in the conversation in a local bar. “I am not bothered by the monument to Graziani, per se. I am rather bothered by the fact that they should have built it with their own money, not with public money.”

    Mr. Viri, the retiree, has childhood memories of General Graziani riding around the village on his white horse with a white dog to get the paper at the Viri family’s news kiosk. He remembers how soldiers attending the general’s funeral in 1955 distributed food to hungry local children.

    Some scholars say that Italy’s failure to bring fascist officials to justice has caused a “selective memory” of the fascist era, where visions of the past fall along contemporary political lines.

    “Antifascist culture has remained the privilege of the left, some liberals and Christian Democrats,” said Luca Alessandrini, the director of the Parri Institute in Bologna, referring to the centrist Catholic party that dominated in the postwar era. “The big weakness of Italian history is that these forces have failed to produce an historical judgment on fascism,” he added.

    Much the same is true of the colonial era. Compared with Britain and France, Italy developed colonial aspirations rather late in the game, invading Libya in 1911 and Ethiopia, for the second time, in 1935. (The first Ethiopian invasion, in 1895, failed.) Even today, few Italians are particularly aware of the colonial episodes, which have not been central to national debate.

    “Italy was so poor and destroyed after World War II that nobody really worried about the colonies, and the loss thereof, let alone people’s education on this,” said the historian Giorgio Rochat.

    In Affile, many deny that General Graziani was a fascist tyrant, arguing that he just obeyed his superiors’ orders. But some are outraged by the monument.

    “This has always been a center-right village,” said Donatella Meschini, 52, a teacher who served on the City Council from 2003 to 2008 under the only center-left mayor in Affile in 50 years. “But after this memorial, what can we expect? That they call us up on Saturday to do gymnastics in the main square like the fascist youth used to do?”

    “April 25 has just never arrived here,” Ms. Meschini added, referring to the day of the Allied liberation of Italy in 1945.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/29/world/europe/village-reignites-debate-over-italys-fascist-past.html

    #Affile #mémoire #fascisme #histoire #Italie #Mussolini #Benito_Mussolini #Rodolfo_Graziani #Graziani #mémorial #colonisation #passé_colonial #Italie_coloniale #colonisation #monument #patria #onore #Ettore_Viri

    –—

    ajouté à la métaliste sur la #colonialisme_italien :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/871953

    ping @cede @olivier_aubert

    • Flash mob dell’ANPI ad Affile, Pagliarulo: «Il monumento al boia Rodolfo Graziani è un’ ignominia!»

      In occasione dell’84esimo anniversario della strage di Debra Libanos (Etiopia) ordita dal criminale di guerra Rodolfo Graziani. L’intervento del Presidente nazionale ANPI Gianfranco Pagliarulo

      Oggi 28 maggio alle 18 si è svolto ad Affile (Roma) un flash mob promosso dall’ANPI - con la presenza del Presidente nazionale Gianfranco Pagliarulo e del Presidente dell’ANPI provinciale di Roma Fabrizio De Sanctis - in occasione dell’84esimo anniversario della strage di Debra Libanos (Etiopia).

      Dal 21 al 29 maggio 1937 nel monastero di Debra Libanos furono trucidati monaci, diaconi, pellegrini ortodossi, più di 2.000, per opera degli uomini del generale Pietro Maletti, dietro ordine di Rodolfo Graziani, viceré d’Etiopia. Ad Affile è situato un monumento dedicato proprio a Graziani.

      In un passaggio del suo intervento così si è espresso Pagliarulo: «Siamo qui per denunciare una grande ignominia: un monumento intitolato non al soldato affilano più rappresentativo, come incautamente affermato, ma all’uomo delle carneficine, delle impiccagioni, dei gas letali. Perché questo fu Rodolfo Graziani. E le due parole sulla pietra del monumento, Patria e Onore, suonano come il più grande oltraggio alla Patria e all’Onore. Onore è parola che significa dignità morale e sociale. Quale onore in un uomo che sottomette un altro popolo in un’orgia di sangue? Patria. La nostra patria è l’Italia. La parola Italia è nominata nella Costituzione due sole volte: L’Italia è una repubblica fondata sul lavoro, L’Italia ripudia la guerra. Tutto il contrario di un Paese fondato sul razzismo imperiale. Perché, vedete, le stragi di Graziani furono certo l’operato di un criminale di guerra, e non fu certo l’unico. Ma furono anche stragi dello Stato fascista, di una macchina di violenza e di costrizione verso l’altro».

      Era presenta anche una delegazione dell’Associazione della Comunità etiopica di Roma.

      https://www.anpi.it/articoli/2504/flash-mob-dellanpi-ad-affile-pagliarulo-il-monumento-al-boia-rodolfo-graziani-e
      #résistance #flash_mob

    • Nicola Zingaretti: no al monumento per ricordare un criminale di guerra fascista, stragista del colonialismo. #25aprile

      Caro Presidente Nicola Zingaretti,

      mi chiamo Igiaba Scego, sono una scrittrice, figlia di somali e nata in Italia. Sono una della cosiddetta seconda generazione. Una donna che si sente orgogliosamente somala, italiana, romana e mogadisciana.

      Le scrivo perchè l’11 Agosto 2012 ad Affile, un piccolo comune in provincia di Roma, è stato inaugurato un “sacrario” militare al gerarca fascista Rodolfo Graziani. Il monumento è stato costruito con un finanziamento di 130mila euro erogati della Regione Lazio ed originariamente diretti ad un fondo per il completamento del parco di Radimonte.

      Rodolfo Graziani, come sa, fu tra i più feroci gerarchi che il fascismo abbia mai avuto. Si macchiò di crimini di guerra inenarrabili in Cirenaica ed Etiopia; basta ricordare la strage di diaconi di Debra Libanos e l’uso indiscriminato durante la guerra coloniale del ’36 di gas proibiti dalle convenzioni internazionali.

      Dopo la fine del secondo conflitto mondiale, l’imperatore d’Etiopia Hailè Selassié, chiese a gran voce che Rodolfo Graziani fosse inserito nella lista dei criminali di guerra. La Commissione delle Nazioni Unite per i crimini di guerra lo collocò naturalmente al primo posto.

      Il monumento a Rodolfo Graziani è quindi un paradosso tragico, una macchia per la nostra democrazia, un’offesa per la nostra Costituzione nata dalla lotta antifascista.

      In questi ultimi giorni, i neoparlamentari Kyenge, Ghizzoni e Beni hanno depositato un’interpellanza affinché il Governo si pronunci sulla questione di Affile.

      Io in qualche modo legandomi alla loro iniziativa chiedo a lei, Presidente Zingaretti un impegno concreto contro questo monumento della vergogna. Non solo parole, ma fatti (demolizione e/o riconversione del monumento) che possano far risplendere un sole di democrazia in questa Italia che si sta avviando a celebrare il 68° anniversario del 25 Aprile.

      Mio nonno è stato interprete di Rodolfo Graziani negli anni ’30. Ha dovuto tradurre quei crimini e io da nipote non ho mai vissuto bene questa eredità. Mio nonno era suddito coloniale, subalterno, costretto a tradurre, suo malgrado, l’orrore. Oggi nel 2013 io, sua nipote, ho un altro destino per fortuna. Per me e per tutt* le chiedo un impegno serio su questa questione cruciale di democrazia.

      _____________________________________________________________

      Dear President Nicola Zingaretti,

      My name is Igiaba Scego, I am a writer, born in Italy, daughter of Somali people.

      I am one of the so-called «second generation». A woman who proudly feel herself both Somali, Italian, Roman.

      I am writing to you because on the 11th of August 2012, in Affile, a small town in the province of Rome, it was inaugurated a monument in honour of the fascist Rodolfo Graziani. The monument was built with a loan of 130 thousand euro from the Lazio region, a fund originally intended to finance the Radimonte park.

      Rodolfo Graziani, as you know, was one of the most ferocious commander that fascism has ever had. He was found guilty of war crimes in Cyrenaica and Ethiopia; the massacre of deacons in Debra Libanos and the use of prohibited gas during the colonial war of ’36 are just two of those massacres that can be mentioned.

      After the end of World War II, the emperor of Ethiopia, Haile Selassie, firmly asked for Rodolfo Graziani to be included in the list of war criminals. The Commission of the United Nations War Crimes placed him at the first place in that list.

      The monument to Rodolfo Graziani is therefore a tragic paradox, a stain on our democracy, an insult to our constitution born from the struggle against fascism.

      In the recent days, the neoparlamentari Kyenge, Ghizzoni and Beni filed an interpellation to address this problem to the Government.

      I am somehow trying to be with them, by asking to you, Mr President Zingaretti, a real commitment against this monument of shame. I am not only asking for words but for a real commitment (demolition and / or conversion of the monument) that can let the sun of democracy to shine again in Italy, approaching the 68th anniversary of the April 25.

      My grandfather had to translate Graziani’s crimes, he was a colonial victim, and had to translate the horror, against his will. Today in 2013, his niece, has another destiny. For me and for all I am asking to you a serious commitment on this crucial issue of democracy.

      https://www.change.org/p/nicola-zingaretti-no-al-monumento-per-ricordare-un-criminale-di-guerra-fasci

      #pétition

  • De la #violence_coloniale dans l’#espace_public. Visite du triangle de la #Porte_Dorée à #Paris.

    Ce #guide décolonial nous emmène du côté de la Porte Dorée, à Paris, visiter un « #triangle_colonial » composé de trois #monuments qui offrent un condensé de l’#histoire_coloniale, culturelle, économique, raciale et politique de la France.

    Ce triangle comprend le bâtiment du #Musée_national_de_l’histoire_de_l’immigration, ex-Musée des Colonies inauguré à l’occasion de l’Exposition coloniale de 1931, dont l’immense bas-relief met en scène, « l’air de rien », l’économie extractiviste basée sur l’esclavage et le travail forcé dans les colonies. Face au musée, le deuxième sommet du triangle est le monument à la #mission_Marchand qui, depuis les années 1970, fait régulièrement l’objet d’actions anti-colonialistes allant du tag au plastiquage. Le dernier sommet révèle quant à lui « La France apportant la paix et la prospérité aux colonies » sous les traits de la #déesse_Athéna.

    S’inspirant des bases d’une #pédagogie_critique explorée par les universités de Décoloniser Les Arts (DLA), cet ouvrage revient sur les débats et les luttes menées à travers le monde autour de #statues, célébrant esclavagistes et colonialistes, « au pied desquelles le pouvoir dépose des gerbes de fleurs. »

    Accompagné d’une riche sélection d’images d’archives et ponctué par les interventions visuelles de l’artiste Seumboy Vrainom :€, Françoise Vergès nous livre ici un texte incisif qui propose une nouvelle manière d’aborder la ville.

    https://shed-publishing.com/De-la-violence-coloniale-dans-l-espace-public

    #décolonial #colonisation #colonialisme #urban_matter
    #TRUST #master_TRUST #livre #violence

    ping @cede @isskein @olivier_aubert @_kg_ @karine4

    • La stèle éthiopienne de Rome. Objet d’un conflit de mémoires

      En mars 1937, un an après la conquête de l’Éthiopie par l’Italie, les forces d’occupation fascistes décidaient de prendre comme trophée de guerre une des stèles géantes d’Axoum, le plus haut lieu de l’Éthiopie antique. Ce monument haut de 24 mètres fut installé à Rome, parmi les obélisques témoignant de la grandeur de l’Empire romain, avec laquelle le régime de Mussolini voulait renouer. Après-guerre, le traité de paix signé par l’Italie prévoyait au chapitre des réparations de guerre que les pièces du patrimoine éthiopien qui avaient été pillées fussent rendues. Jusqu’à aujourd’hui la stèle a fait l’objet d’un contentieux entre les deux pays. Le processus de restitution n’a véritablement pris forme que depuis quelques années, sous la pression d’intellectuels ayant donné un puissant écho médiatique à cette revendication dans le sentiment national éthiopien. Après quelques tergiversations, la stèle éthiopienne de Rome a récemment été démontée, et attend encore que les problèmes de transport soient résolus avant de pouvoir retrouver son site d’origine. Pour examiner ce cas de restitution et discuter des limites de son extrapolation dans la jurisprudence sur les biens culturels illégalement acquis, cet article s’applique à situer ce monument dans une histoire longue des usages politiques du patrimoine archéologique et des références à l’Antiquité qui structurent fortement les mémoires nationales, tant en Italie qu’en Éthiopie.

      https://journals.openedition.org/etudesafricaines/4648
      #stèle_d'Axoum #stele_di_Axum

      signalé par @olivier_aubert —> j’ajoute à ce fil de discussion plutôt qu’à la métaliste (je vais donc effacer de la métaliste, Olivier, pour une question d’organisation des informations)

  • Monuments of enslaved people in the threes in Charlotte, North Carolina

    To pay tribute to all the enslaved people buried in cemeteries with no name, artist Craig Walsh put a face in the trees to honor their souls in an installation in Charlotte, North Carolina, called “Monuments”

    by @Rainmaker1973

    Craig Walsh’s Monuments | Charlotte SHOUT!

    Challenging traditional expectations of public monuments and the selective history represented in our public spaces. Built for the great outdoors, Monuments celebrates selected individuals through large-scale, nighttime projected portraits onto live trees in public spaces for stunning effect. Monuments represents a haunting synergy between the human form, nature, and the act of viewing. Enormous night-time projections transform trees into sculptural monuments.

    https://www.charlotteshout.com/events/detail/craig-walshs-monuments

    #monument #esclavage #Charlotte #CarolineduNord #art #sculpture

  • Ce que Napoléon a fait aux villes françaises
    https://metropolitiques.eu/Ce-que-Napoleon-a-fait-aux-villes-francaises.html

    Qu’est-il arrivé aux villes françaises sous Napoléon ? Au-delà de ses réalisations architecturales et de ses aménagements urbains, le régime impérial a laissé sa marque dans les institutions et les principes qui ont permis leur mise en œuvre. Le bicentenaire de « l’épisode napoléonien » a produit une nouvelle flambée éditoriale sur une période pourtant déjà abondamment traitée par l’historiographie sous toutes ses formes depuis deux siècles. Pourtant, la construction, l’architecture, l’urbanisme et l’habitat #Commentaires

    / #pouvoir, #histoire, #architecture, #urbanisme, #histoire_urbaine, #XIXe_siècle, #monument, (...)

    #embellissement
    https://metropolitiques.eu/IMG/pdf/met_reverchon.pdf

  • George Floyd murder: A year on, did the protests it inspired in Europe change anything? | Euronews
    https://www.euronews.com/my-europe/2021/05/24/george-floyd-murder-a-year-on-did-the-protests-it-inspired-in-europe-chang

    In short yes some things did change but too little:
    – “the European Parliament passed a resolution on the George Floyd protests, tackling structural racism and police brutality in Europe”.
    – “there is a “major data gap” across the continent when it comes to recording police violence against minority groups.”
    – “appointment of the EU’s first anti-racism coordinator - Michaela Moua”
    – “The protests put anti-racism and racial justice on the policy agenda, where policymakers could no longer ignore the issue”

    Black Lives Matter protests erupted across Europe after the murder of George Floyd - Copyright Markus Schreiber/AP

    One year ago on Tuesday (May 25th), George Floyd was murdered by a police officer in the city of Minneapolis in the US.

    The city was subsequently rocked by huge racial justice protests, which spread first across the US, and then further afield, with massive demonstrations taking place in many major European cities.

    These protests didn’t just centre on police brutality. As the Black Lives Matter movement gained recognition in Europe, the issues of systemic discrimination and even Europe’s colonial past started to be raised .

    A year on since the murder that sparked a summer of protest, how much has actually changed in Europe?
    Police brutality ‘a problem in Europe too’

    “Where there have been promising changes, we’re still in the implementation stage, but the impact hasn’t yet been felt on the ground,” says Ojeaku Nwabuzo, a senior research officer at the European Network Against Racism.

    She tells Euronews the Black Lives Matter uprising “was the spark of a lot of development and discussion in Europe around police violence,” but concrete changes are yet to be seen.

    Nwabuzo is in the midst of researching police brutality in Europe between the years 2015 and 2020, and points out there is a “major data gap” across the continent when it comes to recording police violence against minority groups.

    “What we do know is there is a problem with police and law enforcement disproportionately brutalising, profiling and surveilling racialised groups,” she says.

    But many of the demands organisations like hers have been working on for years - “such as looking at structural, systemic forms of racism” - were quickly listened to and acted upon following the outbreak of protests, she says, “specifically in the EU”.
    EU ‘action plan’ on racism

    In June last year, the European Parliament passed a resolution on the George Floyd protests, tackling structural racism and police brutality in Europe.

    This was quickly followed up by a Commission anti-racism action plan - drawing some praise from campaigners.

    “This is a direct response to the Black Lives Matter movement,” says Nwabuzo. “The way in which these plans were developed, the language used, acknowledging structural and systemic racism in a way we have not seen the Commission do before.”

    Evin Incir MEP, a co-president of the European Parliament’s Anti-Racism and Diversity Intergroup, tells Euronews the action plan was “an important sign the Commission immediately took this situation seriously”.

    She says the protests put pressure on politicians “even we thought might not vote for such wording that the resolution contained,” and says the recent appointment of the EU’s first anti-racism coordinator - Michaela Moua - is “very important”.

    EU needs ’holistic approach’ if they want to tackle racial discrimination
    Analysis: Is Europe any better than the US when it comes to racism?

    Moua’s role is to coordinate the implementation of the action plan, which Incir says hasn’t yet borne fruit in people’s everyday lives.

    The action plan contains proposals for improving law enforcement policies, security from extremists, and greater equality in areas such as employment, health and housing - but additional legislation to fill any gaps won’t be until 2022.

    ENAR’s Nwabuzo says the protests in Europe were “really significant” in forcing concrete action on a legislative level.

    “The protests put anti-racism and racial justice on the policy agenda, where policymakers could no longer ignore the issue,” she says.

    “It’s important we continue making our voices loud on the matter, that we don’t stop,” Incir says.

    “Some part of the knowledge has reached the legislators, but also the people need to continue rising up for anti-racism because otherwise, unfortunately, there are some legislators who have a very short memory.”
    Colonial commemorations

    The protests also forced some European countries into a reckoning with their colonial pasts.

    Demonstrators targeted statues in public places commemorating figures linked to colonial violence and the slave trade.

    In Bristol in the UK, a crowd tore down the statue of Edward Colston - a wealthy ‘philanthropist’ who made the bulk of his fortune in the slave trade - and threw it in the river.

    Similar acts occurred in Belgium, where many statues of King Leopold II - notorious for his rule over the Congo Free State - adorn the streets.

    Daphné Budasz, a PhD researcher at the European University Institute, says the debate over statues existed long before the protests in 2020, especially in countries such as the UK and Belgium.

    But it did widen the debate, opening up similar conversations in countries that until then hadn’t paid it much attention.

    “Living in Switzerland, Swiss people don’t usually consider they have a link to colonial history, but even here last year we had a debate about a statue in Neuchâtel, a guy called David de Pury, who made his fortune from the slave trade,” she tells Euronews.

    “This was a non-existent debate, and suddenly because of Black Lives Matter it became visible even here.”

    However, the momentum around this issue appears to have stalled. Just last week in the UK, the long-running campaign to have a statue of colonialist Cecil Rhodes removed from a college at the University of Oxford saw defeat once again.

    Oxford University to keep Cecil Rhodes statue despite recommendation to remove it

    Despite Oriel College claiming it agreed the statue — at the centre of a years’ long #RhodesMustFall campaign — should be removed, it said high costs and complex heritage planning rules meant it won’t be taken down.

    It said instead it will work on the “contextualisation” of the college’s relationship with Rhodes.

    “I have the impression there’s no real political willingness to properly discuss this question,” says Budasz, who points to French President Emmanuel Macron’s response to calls for statues to come down.

    “The Republic will not erase any trace or name from its history,” he said in a television address last year.

    “It will not forget any of its works, it will not remove any of its statues.”

    “What they’re suggesting is that the people asking for removal are the reactionary ones, the ones who want to change history,” says Budasz.

    “We don’t want to change history. The debate is too polarised and there’s a kind of refusal to understand the symbolic element in monuments and the meaning in commemoration,” she adds.

    Her view is that the debate over statues was perhaps more of “a buzz”, which did reach a wider audience at the time, but now those still fighting for [the] removal of colonial relics are in the minority again.

    “We still use history as a tool to build or reinforce national identities, when history should be a critical tool to understand today’s society,” she argues, pointing out monuments are for the purpose of commemoration.

    “A statue is not an historical artefact, it’s not an archive, it’s a narrative of history. It’s been put there on purpose.”

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    #BLM #Contestedmonuments #police #police_violence #violence_policière #eslavage #statue #monument

  • Decolonize this Place (DTP)- New York
    https://decolonizethisplace.org/faxxx-1

    Decolonize This Place is an action-oriented movement and decolonial formation in New York City and beyond.

    Decolonize this Place (DTP) is an action-oriented movement and decolonial formation in New York City. Facilitated by MTL+, DTP consists of over 30 collaborators, consisting of grassroots groups and art collectives that seek to resist, unsettle, and reclaim the city. The organizing and action bring together many strands of analysis and traditions of resistance: Indigenous insurgence, Black liberation, free Palestine, free Puerto Rico, the struggles of workers and debtors, de-gentrification, migrant justice, dismantling patriarchy, and more. In some cases, we have used cultural institutions as platforms and amplifiers for movement demands, but we do not understand the transformation of these institutions as an end in and of itself. We aim to cultivate a politics of autonomy, solidarity, and mutual aid within a long-term, multi-generational horizon of decolonial, anti-capitalist, and feminist liberation that is animated by Grace Lee Boggs’ question: “What time is it on the clock of the world?” For us, decolonization necessitates abolition. But what does abolition demand? Not only does it demand the abolition of prisons and police, bosses and borders, but as Fred Moten and Stefano Harney write, it’s “the abolition of a society that could have prisons, that could have slavery, that could have the wage, and therefore not abolition as the elimination of anything but abolition as the founding of a new society.”

    #abolition #New_York #decolonisation #Décoloniser #musée #contestedmonuments #monument

  • "Friends no longer, Ukraine removes Russian statues and street names

    The Guardian, Thu 28 Apr 2022
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/apr/28/friends-no-longer-ukraine-removes-russian-statues-and-street-names
    Lorenzo Tondo and Isobel Koshiw in Kyiv

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    At 5.36 pm on Tuesday in the historic Kyiv district of Pecherskyi, an imposing Soviet-era bronze monument symbolising the friendship between Russia and Ukraine was accidentally decapitated and then deliberately dismantled to the applause of hundreds of people.

    As local officials explained, when one country invades and bombs another, killing its people, their friendship is over.

    The 40-year-old statue, depicting a Ukrainian and a Russian worker on a plinth, was pulled down on the order of local authorities in Kyiv. It is one of the first steps of a plan to demolish about 60 monuments and to rename dozens of streets associated with the Soviet Union, Russia and Russian figures, including the writers Tolstoy, Dostoevsky and Pushkin, as a result of the war between the two countries.

    Serhii Myrhorodskyi, 86, an architect from Kyiv, watched excitedly as the head of the Russian worker accidentally broke off from its body and tumbled to the ground during the removal. He did not appear bothered, despite the fact it was he who had designed the monument, erected in 1982 as a gift from the Soviet regime to the Ukrainian government.

    “It is the right thing to do,” he told the Guardian. “There is no friendship with Russia and there will not be any friendship for a long time while Putin and his gang are in this world. After they drop dead, maybe in 30 years, something will change.

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    The dismantling of the Soviet-era bronze monument
    A woman cheers as the Soviet-era monument in Kyiv symbolising the former friendship between Russia and Ukraine is dismantled. Photograph: Alessio Mamo/The Guardian

    “The presence of the monument that represents a friendship with Russia is a sin. Removing it is the only right decision. And we could use that bronze of which the monument is made. We could melt it down and sculpt a new monument dedicated to Ukraine the motherland, which would symbolise the unity of all Ukrainian lands.”

    “As for my emotions,” he added, “I am just happy to see that people are glad this whole thing is being taken away.”

    As the monument began to fall, the crowd chanted: “Glory to Ukraine, glory to the heroes, glory to the nation of Ukraine.”

    The mayor of Kyiv, Vitali Klitschko, who presided over the dismantling, said the removal of Russian symbols from the city was now under way. “You don’t kill your brother. You don’t rape your sister. You don’t destroy your friend’s country. That’s why, today, we have dismantled this monument, once created as a sign of friendship between Ukraine and Russia,” he said.

    Other cities in Ukraine have in recent days begun to rename streets associated with Russian figures or to dismantle monuments related to the Soviet Union.

    Memorial plaques for Soviet cities replaced with the names of Ukrainian cities
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    The city of Ternopil, in western Ukraine, has renamed a street dedicated to the Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space, and removed a Soviet tank and aircraft. The aircraft is to be replaced with a “heroes of Ukraine” monument.

    Fontanka, a village near Odesa, decided to turn a street dedicated to the poet Vladimir Mayakovsky into Boris Johnson Street, after the UK promised to send a £100m weapons package to Ukraine.
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    And the mayor of Dnipro, Borys Filatov, said streets named after Russian towns would be rededicated to Ukrainian cities and symbols: Abkhazia Street became Irpin, while the street of the 30th Irkutsk Division is now called Ukrainian Soldiers.

    Officials in Kyiv are to approve a law to rename 60 streets, meaning Russian writers and Ukrainians who wrote in Russian – or even assumed a Russian identity – are among those who may be written out of public life in the city. A metro station named after Tolstoy is on the list.

    The entrance to Leo Tolstoy Square metro station in central Kyiv
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    The entrance to Leo Tolstoy Square metro station in central Kyiv. Photograph: Alessio Mamo/The Guardian

    “The war changed everything and things have accelerated the times,” Alina Mykhailova, one of the two Kyiv city deputies who put forward the law, wrote on Facebook. “Finally, there is an understanding that [our] colonial heritage must be destroyed.”
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    Mykhailova and her colleague Ksenia Semenova campaigned for the removal of the People’s Friendship monument that was dismantled on Tuesday. There had been plans to remove the statue under Ukraine’s decommunisation laws passed in 2015, but at the time they received pushback from other members of the Kyiv city council, Mykhailova wrote.

    The Ukrainian language and Ukrainian national identity were suppressed by tsarist Russia and its Soviet successor. Russian was considered the language of high culture and official business, and many Ukrainians, particularly peasants who moved to the big cities after the second world war, adopted Russian to distance themselves from their rural origins.

    Perhaps more controversially, the de-Russification list includes Ukrainian-born writers such as Mikhail – or Mykhailo, in Ukrainian – Bulgakov, who was born in Ukraine, wrote about Kyiv, but had derogatory views about the Ukrainian language and Ukrainian national identity. His statue sits next to his former house on one of Kyiv’s most famous streets, which is now the Bulgakov Museum and is popular with tourists.

    “Only idiots could do this because Leo Tolstoy is a world-famous writer, not just Russian or Ukrainian,” said Ihor Serhiivych, a Kyiv resident, inside Leo Tolstoy Square metro station.

    “There are lots of [ethnic] Russians who live in Kyiv and they are probably doing more right now to protect Ukraine than those western Ukrainians who think of themselves as the elite,” Serhiivych said. He said there was a gulf in understanding between those Ukrainians who lived for a significant period under Soviet and tsarist rule and those in western Ukraine who did not.

    “If it was a Putin statue I would understand, but you have to differentiate between enemies and world-famous literature.”
    A Soviet monument to the tank divisions that fought against Nazi Germany is adorned with a Ukrainian flag
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    A Soviet monument to the tank divisions that fought against Nazi Germany is adorned with a Ukrainian flag. Photograph: Alessio Mamo/The Guardian

    Another person at the station, Valetyna Hryhoryvycha, said: “I think people need to think about it a bit more. I don’t see how they relate to what’s happening now. It is part of our history.”

    Ivan Andreiev, who works near Bulgakov Museum, said: “I’m for the removal of the friendship monument because there can’t be friendship between enemies. But I think it’s a fake that they’re planning on taking down Bulgakov’s monument. What Russian or Ukrainian would vote for such a thing? It’s just history.”

    While Ukrainian authorities are working hard to disassemble the Russian monuments in their country, Moscow is doing the opposite in Ukrainian territories it has occupied, restoring statues and symbols of the Soviet era.

    Two weeks ago in the seaside town of Henichesk, in the Kherson region, which is occupied by the Russian troops, a familiar figure returned to the main square. A statue of the Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin, sporting his familiar goatee and moustache, was back on his pedestal, erected by Russian soldiers."

    #Contestedmonuments #Ukraine #Russie #Stalin #Marx #monuments #statue #soviet

  • Penser un #monument

    Dans le sillage des manifestations « #Black_Lives_Matter » et des grèves de femmes, l’examen critique des monuments s’est intensifié depuis 2019, également en #Suisse. À présent, le débat grand public s’est focalisé sur certains #monuments en souvenir de personnes ayant des liens avec le #colonialisme. L’#ASSH souhaitait élargir et approfondir ce débat dans le cadre de son 75e anniversaire en 2021.

    https://penser-un-monument.ch
    #grève_des_femmes #statues #jeu

    ping @cede

  • Rapid Response : Decolonizing Italian Cities

    Anti-racism is a battle for memory. Enzo Traverso well underlined how statues brought down in the last year show “the contrast between the status of blacks and postcolonial subjects as stigmatised and brutalised minorities and the symbolic place given in the public space to their oppressors”.

    Material traces of colonialism are in almost every city in Italy, but finally streets, squares, monuments are giving us the chance to start a public debate on a silenced colonial history.

    Igiaba Scego, Italian writer and journalist of Somali origins, is well aware of the racist and sexist violence of Italian colonialism and she points out the lack of knowledge on colonial history.

    “No one tells Italian girls and boys about the squad massacres in Addis Ababa, the concentration camps in Somalia, the gases used by Mussolini against defenseless populations. There is no mention of Italian apartheid (…), segregation was applied in the cities under Italian control. In Asmara the inhabitants of the village of Beit Mekae, who occupied the highest hill of the city, were chased away to create the fenced field, or the first nucleus of the colonial city, an area off-limits to Eritreans. An area only for whites. How many know about Italian apartheid?” (Scego 2014, p. 105).

    In her book, Roma negata. Percorsi postcoloniali nella città (2014), she invites us to visually represent the historical connections between Europe and Africa, in creative ways; for instance, she worked with photographer Rino Bianchi to portray Afro-descendants in places marked by fascism such as Cinema Impero, Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana and Dogali’s stele in Rome.

    Inspired by her book, we decided to go further, giving life to ‘Decolonizing the city. Visual Dialogues in Padova’. Our goal was to question ourselves statues and street names in order to challenge the worldviews and social hierarchies that have made it possible to celebrate/forget the racist and sexist violence of colonialism. The colonial streets of Padova have been re-appropriated by the bodies, voices and gazes of six Italian Afro-descendants who took part in a participatory video, taking urban traces of colonialism out of insignificance and re-signifying them in a creative way.

    Wissal Houbabi, artist “daughter of the diaspora and the sea in between“, moves with the soundtrack by Amir Issa Non respiro (2020), leaving her poetry scattered between Via Cirenaica and Via Libia.

    “The past is here, insidious in our minds, and the future may have passed.

    The past is here, even if you forget it, even if you ignore it, even if you do everything to deny the squalor of what it was, the State that preserves the status of frontiers and jus sanguinis.

    If my people wanted to be free one day, even destiny would have to bend”.

    Cadigia Hassan shares the photos of her Italian-Somali family with a friend of hers and then goes to via Somalia, where she meets a resident living there who has never understood the reason behind the name of that street. That’s why Cadigia has returned to via Somalia: she wants to leave traces of herself, of her family history, of historical intertwining and to make visible the important connections that exist between the two countries.

    Ilaria Zorzan questions the colonial past through her Italo-Eritrean family photographic archive. The Italians in Eritrea made space, building roads, cableways, railways, buildings… And her grandfather worked as a driver and transporter, while her Eritrean grandmother, before marrying her grandfather, had been his maid. Ilaria conceals her face behind old photographs to reveal herself in Via Asmara through a mirror.

    Emmanuel M’bayo Mertens is an activist of the Arising Africans association. In the video we see him conducting a tour in the historic center of Padova, in Piazza Antenore, formerly Piazza 9 Maggio. Emmanuel cites the resolution by which the municipality of Padova dedicated the square to the day of the “proclamation of the empire” by Mussolini (1936). According to Emmanuel, fascism has never completely disappeared, as the Italian citizenship law mainly based on jus sanguinis shows in the racist idea of ​​Italianness transmitted ‘by blood’. Instead, Italy is built upon migration processes, as the story of Antenor, Padova’s legendary founder and refugee, clearly shows.

    Mackda Ghebremariam Tesfau’ questions the colonial map in Piazza delle Erbe where Libya, Albania, Ethiopia and Eritrea are marked as part of a white empire. She says that if people ignore this map it is because Italy’s colonial history is ignored. Moreover, today these same countries, marked in white on the map, are part of the Sub-saharan and Mediterranean migrant routes. Referring then to the bilateral agreements between Italy and Libya to prevent “irregular migrants” from reaching Europe, she argues that neocolonialism is alive. Quoting Aimé Césaire, she declares that “Europe is indefensible”.

    The video ends with Viviana Zorzato, a painter of Eritrean origin. Her house, full of paintings inspired by Ethiopian iconography, overlooks Via Amba Aradam. Viviana tells us about the ‘Portrait of a N-word Woman’, which she has repainted numerous times over the years. Doing so meant taking care of herself, an Afro-descendant Italian woman. Reflecting on the colonial streets she crosses daily, she argues that it is important to know the history but also to remember the beauty. Amba Alagi or Amba Aradam cannot be reduced to colonial violence, they are also names of mountains, and Viviana possesses a free gaze that sees beauty. Like Giorgio Marincola, Viviana will continue to “feel her homeland as a culture” and she will have no flags to bow her head to.

    The way in which Italy lost the colonies – that is with the fall of fascism instead of going through a formal decolonization process – prevented Italy from being aware of the role it played during colonialism. Alessandra Ferrini, in her ‘Negotiating amnesia‘,refers to an ideological collective amnesia: the sentiment of an unjust defeat fostered a sense of self-victimisation for Italians, removing the responsibility from them as they portrayed themselves as “brava gente” (good people). This fact, as scholars such as Nicola Labanca have explained, has erased the colonial period from the collective memory and public sphere, leaving colonial and racist culture in school textbooks, as the historian Gianluca Gabrielli (2015) has shown.

    This difficulty in coming to terms with the colonial past was clearly visible in the way several white journalists and politicians reacted to antiracist and feminist movements’ request to remove the statue of journalist Indro Montanelli in Milan throughout the BLM wave. During the African campaign, Montanelli bought the young 12-year-old-girl “Destà” under colonial concubinage (the so‑called madamato), boasting about it even after being accused by feminist Elvira Banotti of being a rapist. The issue of Montanelli’s highlights Italy’s need to think critically over not only colonial but also race and gender violence which are embedded in it.

    Despite this repressed colonial past, in the last decade Italy has witnessed a renewed interest stemming from bottom-up local movements dealing with colonial legacy in the urban space. Two examples are worth mentioning: Resistenze in Cirenaica (Resistances in Cyrenaica) in Bologna and the project “W Menilicchi!” (Long live Menilicchi) in Palermo. These instances, along with other contributions were collected in the Roots§Routes 2020 spring issue, “Even statues die”.

    Resistenze in Cirenaica has been working in the Cyrenaica neighbourhood, named so in the past due to the high presence of colonial roads. In the aftermath of the second world war the city council decided unanimously to rename the roads carrying fascist and colonial street signs (except for via Libya, left as a memorial marker) with partisans’ names, honouring the city at the centre of the resistance movement during the fascist and Nazi occupation. Since 2015, the collective has made this place the centre of an ongoing laboratory including urban walks, readings and storytelling aiming to “deprovincialize resistances”, considering the battles in the ex-colonies as well as in Europe, against the nazi-fascist forces, as antiracist struggles. The publishing of Quaderni di Cirene (Cyrene’s notebooks) brought together local and overseas stories of people who resisted fascist and colonial occupation, with the fourth book addressing the lives of fighter and partisan women through a gender lens.

    In October 2018, thanks to the confluence of Wu Ming 2, writer and storyteller from Resistenze in Cirenaica, and the Sicilian Fare Ala collective, a public urban walk across several parts of the city was organized, with the name “Viva Menilicchi!”. The itinerary (19 kms long) reached several spots carrying names of Italian colonial figures and battles, explaining them through short readings and theatrical sketches, adding road signs including stories of those who have been marginalized and exploited. Significantly, W Menilicchi! refers to Palermitan socialists and communists’ battle cry supporting king Menelik II who defeated the Italian troops in Aduwa in 1896, thus establishing a transnational bond among people subjected to Italian invasion (as Jane Schneider explores in Italy’s ‘Southern Question’: Orientalism in One Country, South Italy underwent a socio-economic occupation driven by imperial/colonial logics by the north-based Kingdom of Italy) . Furthermore, the urban walk drew attention to the linkage of racist violence perpetrated by Italians during colonialism with the killings of African migrants in the streets of Palermo, denouncing the white superiority on which Italy thrived since its birth (which run parallel with the invasion of Africa).

    These experiences of “odonomastic guerrillas” (street-name activists) have found creative ways of decolonising Italian history inscribed in cities, being aware that a structural change requires not only time but also a wide bottom-up involvement of inhabitants willing to deal with the past. New alliances are developing as different groups network and coordinate in view of several upcoming dates, such as February 19th, which marks the anniversary of the massacre of Addis Ababa which occurred in 1937 at the hands of Italian viceroy Rodolfo Graziani.

    References:
    Gabrielli G. (2015), Il curriculo “razziale”: la costruzione dell’alterità di “razza” e coloniale nella scuola italiana (1860-1950), Macerata: Edizioni Università di Macerata.
    Labanca, N. (2002) Oltremare. Storia dell’espansione coloniale italiana, Bologna: Il Mulino.
    Scego, I. (2014) Roma negata. Percorsi postcoloniali nella città, Roma: Ediesse.
    Schneider J (ed.) (1998) Italy’s ‘Southern Question’: Orientalism in One Country, London: Routledge.

    https://archive.discoversociety.org/2021/02/06/rapid-response-decolonizing-italian-cities

    #décolonisation #décolonial #colonialisme #traces_coloniales #Italie #Italie_coloniale #colonialisme_italien #statues #Padova #Padoue #afro-descendants #Cadigia_Hassan #via_Somalia #Ilaria_Zorzan #Emmanuel_M’bayo_Mertens #Mackda_Ghebremariam_Tesfau #Piazza_delle_erbe #Viviana_Zorzato #Via_Amba_Aradam #Giorgio_Marincola #Alessandra_Ferrini

    ping @postcolonial @cede

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    ajouté à la métaliste sur l’Italie coloniale :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/871953

    • #Negotiating_Amnesia

      Negotiating Amnesia is an essay film based on research conducted at the Alinari Archive and the National Library in Florence. It focuses on the Ethiopian War of 1935-36 and the legacy of the fascist, imperial drive in Italy. Through interviews, archival images and the analysis of high-school textbooks employed in Italy since 1946, the film shifts through different historical and personal anecdotes, modes and technologies of representation.

      https://vimeo.com/429591146?embedded=true&source=vimeo_logo&owner=3319920



      https://www.alessandraferrini.info/negotiating-amnesia

      En un coup d’oeil, l’expansion coloniale italienne :

      #amnésie #film #fascisme #impérialisme #Mussolini #Benito_Mussolini #déni #héritage #mémoire #guerre #guerre_d'Ethiopie #violence #Istrie #photographie #askaris #askari #campagna_d'Africa #Tito_Pittana #Mariano_Pittana #mémoire #prostitution #madamato #madamisme #monuments #Romano_Romanelli #commémoration #mémoriel #Siracusa #Syracuse #nostalgie #célébration #Axum #obélisque #Nuovo_Impero_Romano #Affile #Rodolfo_Graziani #Pietro_Badoglio #Uomo_Nuovo #manuels_scolaires #un_posto_al_sole #colonialismo_straccione #italiani_brava_gente #armes_chimiques #armes_bactériologiques #idéologie

    • My Heritage ?

      My Heritage? (2020) is a site-specific intervention within the vestibule of the former Casa d’Italia in Marseille, inaugurated in 1935 and now housing the Italian Cultural Institute. The installation focuses on the historical and ideological context that the building incarnates: the intensification of Fascist imperial aspirations that culminated in the fascistization of the Italian diaspora and the establishment of the Empire in 1936, as a result of the occupation of Ethiopia. As the League of Nations failed to intervene in a war involving two of its members, the so-called Abyssinian Crisis gave rise to a series of conflicts that eventually led to the WW2: a ‘cascade effect’. On the other hand, the attack on the ‘black man’s last citadel’ (Ras Makonnen), together with the brutality of Italian warfare, caused widespread protests and support to the Ethiopian resistance, especially from Pan-African movements.

      Placed by the entrance of the exhibition Rue d’Alger, it includes a prominent and inescapable sound piece featuring collaged extracts from texts by members of the London-based Pan-African association International African Friends of Ethiopia - CLR James, Ras Makonnen, Amy Ashwood Garvey - intertwined with those of British suffragette Sylvia Pankhurst and Italian anarchist Silvio Corio, founders of the newspaper New Times and Ethiopian News in London.

      Through handwritten notes and the use of my own voice, the installation is a personal musing on heritage as historical responsibility, based on a self-reflective process. My voice is used to highlight such personal process, its arbitrary choice of sources (related to my position as Italian migrant in London), almost appropriated here as an act of thinking aloud and thinking with these militant voices. Heritage is therefore intended as a choice, questioning its nationalist uses and the everlasting and catastrophic effects of Fascist foreign politics. With its loudness and placement, it wishes to affect the visitors, confronting them with the systemic violence that this Fascist architecture outside Italy embodies and to inhibit the possibility of being seduced by its aesthetic.



      https://www.alessandraferrini.info/my-heritage

      #héritage

    • "Decolonizziamo le città": il progetto per una riflessione collettiva sulla storia coloniale italiana

      Un video dal basso in cui ogni partecipante produce una riflessione attraverso forme artistiche differenti, come l’arte figurativa, la slam poetry, interrogando questi luoghi e con essi “noi” e la storia italiana

      Via Eritrea, Viale Somalia, Via Amba Aradam, via Tembien, via Adua, via Agordat. Sono nomi di strade presenti in molte città italiane che rimandano al colonialismo italiano nel Corno d’Africa. Ci passiamo davanti molto spesso senza sapere il significato di quei nomi.

      A Padova è nato un progetto che vuole «decolonizzare la città». L’idea è quella di realizzare un video partecipativo in cui ogni partecipante produca una riflessione attraverso forme artistiche differenti, come l’arte figurativa, la slam poetry, interrogando questi luoghi e con essi “noi” e la storia italiana. Saranno coinvolti gli studenti del laboratorio “Visual Research Methods”, nel corso di laurea magistrale “Culture, formazione e società globale” dell’Università di Padova e artisti e attivisti afrodiscendenti, legati alla diaspora delle ex-colonie italiane e non.

      «Stavamo preparando questo laboratorio da marzo», racconta Elisabetta Campagni, che si è laureata in Sociologia a marzo 2020 e sta organizzando il progetto insieme alla sua ex relatrice del corso di Sociologia Visuale Annalisa Frisina, «già molto prima che il movimento Black Lives Matter riportasse l’attenzione su questi temi».

      Riscrivere la storia insieme

      «Il dibattito sul passato coloniale italiano è stato ampiamente ignorato nei dibattiti pubblici e troppo poco trattato nei luoghi di formazione ed educazione civica come le scuole», si legge nella presentazione del laboratorio, che sarà realizzato a partire dall’autunno 2020. «C’è una rimozione grandissima nella nostra storia di quello che ricordano questi nomi, battaglie, persone che hanno partecipato a massacri nelle ex colonie italiane. Pochi lo sanno. Ma per le persone che arrivano da questi paesi questi nomi sono offensivi».

      Da qui l’idea di riscrivere una storia negata, di «rinarrare delle vicende che nascondono deportazioni e uccisioni di massa, luoghi di dolore, per costruire narrazioni dove i protagonisti e le protagoniste sono coloro che tradizionalmente sono stati messi a tacere o sono rimasti inascoltati», affermano le organizzatrici.

      Le strade «rinarrate»

      I luoghi del video a Padova saranno soprattutto nella zona del quartiere Palestro, dove c’è una grande concentrazione di strade con nomi che rimandano al colonialismo. Si andrà in via Amba Aradam, il cui nome riporta all’altipiano etiope dove nel febbraio 1936 venne combattuta una battaglia coloniale dove gli etiopi vennero massacrati e in via Amba Alagi.

      Una tappa sarà nell’ex piazza Pietro Toselli, ora dedicata ai caduti della resistenza, che ci interroga sul legame tra le forme di resistenza al fascismo e al razzismo, che unisce le ex-colonie all’Italia. In Italia il dibattito si è concentrato sulla statua a Indro Montanelli, ma la toponomastica che ricorda il colonialismo è molta e varia. Oltre alle strade, sarà oggetto di discussione la mappa dell’impero coloniale italiano situata proprio nel cuore della città, in Piazza delle Erbe, ma che passa spesso inosservata.

      Da un’idea di Igiaba Scego

      Come ci spiega Elisabetta Campagni, l’idea nasce da un libro di Igiaba Scego che anni fa ha pubblicato alcune foto con afrodiscendenti che posano davanti ai luoghi che celebrano il colonialismo a Roma come la stele di Dogali, vicino alla stazione Termini, in viale Luigi Einaudi.

      Non è il primo progetto di questo tipo: il collettivo Wu Ming ha lanciato la guerriglia odonomastica, con azioni e performance per reintitolare dal basso vie e piazze delle città o aggiungere informazioni ai loro nomi per cambiare senso all’intitolazione. La guerriglia è iniziata a Bologna nel quartiere della Cirenaica e il progetto è stato poi realizzato anche a Palermo. Un esempio per il laboratorio «Decolonizzare la città» è stato anche «Berlin post colonial», l’iniziativa nata da anni per rititolare le strade e creare percorsi di turismo consapevole.

      Il progetto «Decolonizzare la città» sta raccogliendo i voti sulla piattaforma Zaalab (https://cinemavivo.zalab.org/progetti/decolonizzare-la-citta-dialoghi-visuali-a-padova), con l’obiettivo di raccogliere fondi per la realizzazione del laboratorio.

      https://it.mashable.com/cultura/3588/decolonizziamo-le-citta-il-progetto-per-una-riflessione-collettiva-sull

      #histoire_niée #storia_negata #récit #contre-récit

    • Decolonizzare la città. Dialoghi Visuali a Padova

      Descrizione

      Via Amba Alagi, via Tembien, via Adua, via Agordat. Via Eritrea, via Libia, via Bengasi, via Tripoli, Via Somalia, piazza Toselli… via Amba Aradam. Diversi sono i nomi di luoghi, eventi e personaggi storici del colonialismo italiano in città attraversate in modo distratto, senza prestare attenzione alle tracce di un passato che in realtà non è ancora del tutto passato. Che cosa significa la loro presenza oggi, nello spazio postcoloniale urbano? Se la loro origine affonda le radici in un misto di celebrazione coloniale e nazionalismo, per capire il significato della loro permanenza si deve guardare alla società contemporanea e alle metamorfosi del razzismo.

      Il dibattito sul passato coloniale italiano è stato ampiamente ignorato nei dibattiti pubblici e troppo poco trattato nei luoghi di formazione ed educazione civica come le scuole. L’esistenza di scritti, memorie biografiche e racconti, pur presente in Italia, non ha cambiato la narrazione dominante del colonialismo italiano nell’immaginario pubblico, dipinto come una breve parentesi storica che ha portato civiltà e miglioramenti nei territori occupati (“italiani brava gente”). Tale passato, però, è iscritto nella toponomastica delle città italiane e ciò ci spinge a confrontarci con il significato di tali vie e con la loro indiscussa presenza. Per questo vogliamo partire da questi luoghi, e in particolare da alcune strade, per costruire una narrazione dal basso che sia frutto di una ricerca partecipata e condivisa, per decolonizzare la città, per reclamare una lettura diversa e critica dello spazio urbano e resistere alle politiche che riproducono strutture (neo)coloniali di razzializzazione degli “altri”.

      Il progetto allora intende sviluppare una riflessione collettiva sulla storia coloniale italiana, il razzismo, l’antirazzismo, la resistenza di ieri e di oggi attraverso la realizzazione di un video partecipativo.

      Esso è organizzato in forma laboratoriale e vuole coinvolgere studenti/studentesse del laboratorio “Visual Research Methods” (corso di laurea magistrale “Culture, formazione e società globale”) dell’Università di Padova e gli/le artisti/e ed attivisti/e afrodiscendenti, legati alla diaspora delle ex-colonie italiane e non.

      Il progetto si propone di creare una narrazione visuale partecipata, in cui progettazione, riprese e contenuti siano discussi in maniera orizzontale e collaborativa tra i e le partecipanti. Gli/Le attivisti/e e artisti/e afrodiscendenti con i/le quali studenti e studentesse svolgeranno le riprese provengono in parte da diverse città italiane e in parte vivono a Padova, proprio nel quartiere in questione. Ognuno/a di loro produrrà insieme agli studenti e alle studentesse una riflessione attraverso forme artistiche differenti (come l’arte figurativa, la slam poetry…), interrogando tali luoghi e con essi “noi” e la storia italiana. I partecipanti intrecciano così le loro storie personali e familiari, la storia passata dell’Italia e il loro attivismo quotidiano, espresso con l’associazionismo o con diverse espressioni artistiche (Mackda Ghebremariam Tesfaù, Wissal Houbabi, Theophilus Marboah, Cadigia Hassan, Enrico e Viviana Zorzato, Ilaria Zorzan, Ada Ugo Abara ed Emanuel M’bayo Mertens di Arising Africans). I processi di discussione, scrittura, ripresa, selezione e montaggio verranno documentati attraverso l’utilizzo di foto e filmati volti a mostrare la meta-ricerca, il processo attraverso cui viene realizzato il video finale, e le scelte, di contenuto e stilistiche, negoziate tra i diversi attori. Questi materiali verranno condivisi attraverso i canali online, con il fine di portare a tutti coloro che sostengono il progetto una prima piccola restituzione che renda conto dello svolgimento del lavoro.

      Le strade sono un punto focale della narrazione: oggetto dei discorsi propagandistici di Benito Mussolini, fulcro ed emblema del presunto e mitologico progetto di civilizzazione italiana in Africa, sono proprio le strade dedicate a luoghi e alle battaglie dove si sono consumate le atrocità italiane che sono oggi presenze fisiche e allo stesso tempo continuano ad essere invisibilizzate; e i nomi che portano sono oggi largamente dei riferimenti sconosciuti. Ripercorrere questi luoghi fisici dando vita a dialoghi visuali significa riappropriarsi di una storia negata, rinarrare delle vicende che nascondono deportazioni e uccisioni di massa, luoghi di dolore, per costruire narrazioni dove i protagonisti e le protagoniste sono coloro che tradizionalmente sono stati messi a tacere o sono rimasti inascoltati.

      La narrazione visuale partirà da alcuni luoghi – come via Amba Aradam e via lago Ascianghi – della città di Padova intitolati alla storia coloniale italiana, in cui i protagonisti e le protagoniste del progetto daranno vita a racconti e performances artistiche finalizzate a decostruire la storia egemonica coloniale, troppo spesso edulcorata e minimizzata. L’obiettivo è quello di favorire il prodursi di narrazioni dal basso, provenienti dalle soggettività in passato rese marginali e che oggi mettono in scena nuove narrazioni resistenti. La riappropriazione di tali luoghi, fisica e simbolica, è volta ad aprire una riflessione dapprima all’interno del gruppo e successivamente ad un pubblico esterno, al fine di coinvolgere enti, come scuole, associazioni e altre realtà che si occupano di questi temi sul territorio nazionale. Oltre alle strade, saranno oggetto di discussione la mappa dell’impero coloniale italiano situata proprio nel cuore della città, in Piazza delle Erbe, e l’ex piazza Toselli, ora dedicata ai caduti della resistenza, che ci interroga sul legame tra le forme di resistenza al fascismo e al razzismo, che unisce le ex-colonie all’Italia.

      Rinarrare la storia passata è un impegno civile e politico verso la società contemporanea. Se anche oggi il razzismo ha assunto nuove forme, esso affonda le sue radici nella storia nazionale e coloniale italiana. Questa storia va rielaborata criticamente per costruire nuove alleanze antirazziste e anticolonialiste.

      Il video partecipativo, ispirato al progetto “Roma Negata” della scrittrice Igiaba Scego e di Rino Bianchi, ha l’obiettivo di mostrare questi luoghi attraverso narrazioni visuali contro-egemoniche, per mettere in discussione una storia ufficiale, modi di dire e falsi miti, per contribuire a dare vita ad una memoria critica del colonialismo italiano e costruire insieme percorsi riflessivi nuovi. Se, come sostiene Scego, occupare uno spazio è un grido di esistenza, con il nostro progetto vogliamo affermare che lo spazio può essere rinarrato, riletto e riattraversato.

      Il progetto vuole porsi in continuità con quanto avvenuto sabato 20 giugno, quando a Padova, nel quartiere Palestro, si è tenuta una manifestazione organizzata dall’associazione Quadrato Meticcio a cui hanno aderito diverse realtà locali, randunatesi per affermare la necessita’ di decolonizzare il nostro sguardo. Gli interventi che si sono susseguiti hanno voluto riflettere sulla toponomastica coloniale del quartiere Palestro, problematizzandone la presenza e invitando tutti e tutte a proporre alternative possibili.

      https://cinemavivo.zalab.org/progetti/decolonizzare-la-citta-dialoghi-visuali-a-padova

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axEa6By9PIA&t=156s

  • COLONIALISMO. In Libia la strategia italiana della “terra bruciata”

    Non appena l’impiego operativo dell’aereo come fattore preponderante di superiorità nei conflitti venne teorizzato da #Giulio_Douhet nel 1909, gli italiani divennero i primi a livello mondiale ad utilizzare questa arma bellica durante la Guerra italo-turca della #Campagna_di_Libia.

    ll 1º novembre 1911 il sottotenente #Giulio_Gavotti eseguì da un velivolo in volo il primo bombardamento aereo della storia, volando a bassa quota su un accampamento turco ad #Ain_Zara e lanciando tre bombe a mano.

    Pochi anni dopo entrarono in servizio nuovi aerei, tecnicamente più capaci di svolgere il ruolo offensivo al quale erano stati predisposti e le azioni assunsero l’aspetto di un’inarrestabile escalation militare.

    Tra il mese di aprile e l’agosto del 1917 furono eseguite contro le oasi di Zanzour e Zavia, un centinaio di azioni con il lancio di 1.270 chilogrammi di liquido incendiario e 3.600 chili di bombe.

    Dal 1924 al 1926 gli aerei ebbero l’ordine di alzarsi in volo per bombardare tutto ciò che si muoveva nelle oasi non controllate dalle truppe italiane.

    Dal novembre 1929 alle ultime azioni del maggio 1930, l’aviazione in Cirenaica eseguì, secondo fonti ufficiali, ben 1.605 ore di volo bellico lanciando 43.500 tonnellate di bombe e sparando diecimila colpi di mitragliatrice.

    La strategia aerea e la politica della terra bruciata, spinse migliaia di uomini, donne e bambini terrorizzati a lasciare la Libia, chi verso la Tunisia e l’Algeria, chi in direzione del Ciad o dell’Egitto e i bombardamenti diventarono sempre più violenti, scientifici e sperimentali.

    Cirenaica pacificata, uno dei libri con i quali il generale Graziani volle giustificare la sua azione repressiva e rispondere alle accuse di genocidio, c’è un breve capitolo sul bombardamento di Taizerbo, una delle roccaforti della resistenza anti italiana capeggiata dall’imam Omar el Mukhtar, avvenuto il 31 luglio 1930, sei mesi dopo l’esortazione di Pietro Badoglio all’uso dell’iprite: “Per rappresaglia, ed in considerazione che Taizerbo era diventata la vera base di partenza dei nuclei razziatori il comando di aviazione fu incaricato di riconoscere l’oasi e – se del caso – bombardarla. Dopo un tentativo effettuato il giorno 30 -non riuscito, per quanto gli aeroplani fossero già in vista di Taizerbo, a causa di irregolare funzionamento del motore di un apparecchio, la ricognizione venne eseguita il giorno successivo e brillantemente portata a termine. Quattro apparecchi Ro, al comando del ten.col. Lordi, partirono da Giacolo alle ore 4.30 rientrando alla base alle ore 10.00 dopo aver raggiunto l’obiettivo e constatato la presenza di molte persone nonché un agglomerato di tende. Fu effettuato il bombardamento con circa una tonnellata di esplosivo e vennero eseguite fotografie della zona. Un indigeno, facente parte di un nucleo di razziatori, catturato pochi giorni dopo il bombardamento, asserì che le perdite subite dalla popolazione erano state sensibili, e più grande ancora il panico”.

    Vincenzo Lioy, nel suo libro sul ruolo dell’aviazione in Libia (Gloria senza allori, Associazione Culturale Aeronautica), ha aggiunto un’agghiacciante rapporto firmato dal tenente colonnello dell’Aeronautica Roberto Lordi, comandante dell’aviazione della Cirenaica (rapporto che Graziani inviò al Ministero delle colonie il 17 agosto) nel quale si apprende che i quattro apparecchi Ro erano armati con 24 bombe da 21 chili ad iprite, 12 bombe da 12 chili e da 320 bombe da 2 chili, e che “(…) in una specie di vasta conca s’incontra il gruppo delle oasi di Taizerbo. Le palme, che non sono molto numerose, sono sparpagliate su una vasta zona cespugliosa. Dove le palme sono più fitte si trovano poche casette. In prossimità di queste, piccoli giardini verdi, che in tutta la zona sono abbastanza numerosi; il che fa supporre che le oasi siano abitate da numerosa gente. Fra i vari piccoli agglomerati di case vengono avvistate una decina di tende molto più grandi delle normali e in prossimità di queste numerose persone. Poco bestiame in tutta la conca. II bombardamento venne eseguito in fila indiana passando sull’oasi di Giululat e di el Uadi e poscia sulle tende, con risultato visibilmente efficace”.

    II primo dicembre dello stesso anno il tenente colonnello Lordi inviò a Roma copia delle notizie sugli effetti del bombardamento a gas effettuato quel 31 luglio sulle oasi di Taizerbo “ottenute da interrogatorio di un indigeno ribelle proveniente da Cufra e catturato giorni or sono”.

    È una testimonianza raccapricciante raccolta materialmente dal comandante della Tenenza dei carabinieri reali di el Agheila: “Come da incarico avuto dal signor comandante l’aviazione della Cirenaica, ieri ho interrogato il ribelle Mohammed abu Alì Zueia, di Cufra, circa gli effetti prodotti dal bombardamento a gas effettuato a Taizerbo. II predetto, proveniente da Cufra, arrivò a Taizerbo parecchi giorni dopo il bombardamento, seppe che quali conseguenze immediate vi sono quattro morti. Moltissimi infermi invece vide colpiti dai gas. Egli ne vide diversi che presentavano il loro corpo ricoperto di piaghe come provocate da forti bruciature. Riesce a specificare che in un primo tempo il corpo dei colpiti veniva ricoperto da vasti gonfiori, che dopo qualche giorno si rompevano con fuoruscita di liquido incolore. Rimaneva così la carne viva priva di pelle, piagata. Riferisce ancora che un indigeno subì la stessa sorte per aver toccato, parecchi giorni dopo il bombardamento, una bomba inesplosa, e rimasero così piagate non solo le sue mani, ma tutte le altre parti del corpo ove le mani infette si posavano”.

    L’uso dell’iprite, che doveva diventare un preciso sistema di massacro della popolazione civile in Etiopia qualche anno più tardi, fu certamente una scelta sia militare che politica così come i bombardamenti dovevano corrispondere a scelte di colonizzazione ben precise e sistematiche di quella che Gaetano Salvemini, quando ebbe inizio l’avventura coloniale italiana in Libia definì “Un’immensa voragine di sabbia”:

    Benito Mussolini volle che fosse il gerarca Italo Balbo ad occuparsene dopo averlo sollevato dall’incarico di Ministro dell’Aeronautica del Regno d’Italia e inviato in qualità di Governatore nel 1934.

    Balbo dichiarò che avrebbe seguito le gloriose orme dei suoi predecessori e avviò una campagna nazionale che voleva portare due milioni di emigranti sulla Quarta Sponda Italiana del Mediterraneo.

    Ne arrivarono soltanto 31mila, ma furono un numero sufficiente da trincerare dietro un muro militare, costruito nel 1931 in Cirenaica, per contrastare la resistenza delle tribù beduine degli indipendentisti libici.

    Quel muro, il muro italiano di Giarabub, è tuttora presente e in funzione come barriera anti-immigrazione: una doppia linea di recinzione metallica lunga 270 chilometri, larga quattro metri, alta tre, visibilmente malandata ma resa insuperabile da chilometri di matasse di filo spinato che si srotolano dalle regioni a ridosso del porto di Bardia, lungo le sterpaglie desolate della Marmarica, fino a perdersi nel Grande Mare di Sabbia del Deserto Libico.

    Questa grande opera venne commissionata alla Società Italiana Costruzioni e Lavori Pubblici di Roma, che la realizzò in sei mesi, dal 15 aprile al 5 settembre 1931, ad un costo complessivo di circa venti milioni di lire, impegnando nella costruzione 2.500 indigeni sorvegliati da 1.200 soldati e carabinieri, lungo un percorso totalmente privo di strade e di risorse idriche.

    Il reticolato di filo spinato è sostenuto da paletti di ferro con base in calcestruzzo, vigilato dai ruderi fatiscenti di tre ridotte e sei ridottini; lungo il suo percorso vennero costruiti tre campi d’aviazione, una linea telefonica, 270 milioni di paletti di ferro e ventimila quintali di cemento.

    Il compito di sorveglianza e controllo è sempre stato garantito dall’innesco di migliaia di mine antiuomo, ma per un certo periodo fu oggetto di ricognizioni aeree audacemente condotte, oltre che dai piloti dell’Aeronautica Militare, anche e direttamente dal loro capo supremo e Maresciallo dell’Aria Italo Balbo a bordo di veivoli derivati dai trimotori Savoia Marchetti da lui impiegati nelle transvolate atlantiche e che divennero caccia bombardieri siluranti chiamati Sparvieri.

    Nei sei anni che Balbo visse e volò in Libia, lo Sparviero abbatté tutti i record e tutti i primati di volo civile, velocità, trasporto, durata, distanza, poi il salto di qualità e da civile divenne aereo militare: nella versione S.79K, l’impiego operativo di questo modello avvenne con l’intervento italiano nella guerra civile spagnola e il 26 aprile 1937, tre S.M.79 dell’Aviazione Legionaria presero parte al bombardamento della cittadina basca di Guernica, un’incursione aerea compiuta in cooperazione con la Legione Condor nazista, che colpì nottetempo la popolazione civile inerme e ispirò il celeberrimo dipinto di denuncia di Pablo Picasso.

    Sette anni prima era alla guida di grandi imprese di voli transatlantici: il primo nel 1930 da Orbetello a Rio de Janeiro; il secondo tre anni dopo, da Orbetello a Chicago. Questa seconda crociera, organizzata per celebrare il decennale della Regia Aeronautica Militare Italiana nell’ambito dell’Esposizione Universale Century of Progress che si tenne a Chicago tra il 1933 e il 1934, lo aveva coperto di gloria.

    Il governatore dell’Illinois e il sindaco della città di Chicago riservarono ai trasvolatori un’accoglienza trionfale: a Balbo venne intitolata una strada, tutt’oggi esistente, e i Sioux presenti all’Esposizione lo nominarono capo indiano, con il nome di Capo Aquila Volante. Il volo di ritorno proseguì per New York, dove il presidente Roosevelt organizzò, in onore agli equipaggi della flotta di 25 idrotransvolanti italiani, una grande street parade.

    Gli esaltatori delle trasvolate atlantiche non mancano di citare ogni tipo di manifestazione organizzata a Chicago in onore del grande pilota, ma omettono sempre di citare lo striscione che pare recitasse “Balbo, don Minzoni ti saluta” e che commemorava l’onore da lui acquisito come pioniere dello squadrismo fascista.

    Là, in Italia, partendo dalle valli del delta padano, aveva visto portare a compimento grandi opere di bonifiche che strapparono alle acque nuove terre da coltivare e nuove forme di diritti sindacali da reprimere grazie all’”esaltazione della violenza come il metodo più rapido e definitivo per raggiungere il fine rivoluzionario” (Italo Balbo, Diario 1922, Mondadori).

    Sempre là, nella bassa provincia Ferrarese, aveva inaugurato la strategia criminale delle esecuzioni mirate come responsabile diretto, morale e politico dei due omicidi premeditati, da lui considerati ’bastonate di stile’, che significavano frattura del cranio, somministrate al sindacalista Natale Gaiba e al sacerdote don Giovanni Minzoni.

    Natale Gaiba venne assassinato per vendicare l’offesa, compiuta quando il sindacalista argentano era assessore del Comune di Argenta, di aver fatto sequestrare l’ammasso di grano del Molino Moretti, imboscato illegalmente per farne salire il prezzo, venisse strappato ai latifondisti agrari e restituito al popolo che lo aveva prodotto coltivando la terra, ridotto alla fame.

    Don Minzoni, parroco di Argenta, venne assassinato dai fascisti locali: Balbo non volle ammettere che fossero stati individuati e arrestati i colpevoli e intervenne in molti modi, anche con la costante presenza in aula, per condizionare lo svolgimento e il risultato sia delle indagini che del processo penale, garantendo l’impunità del crimine.

    Qui, in Libia, Italo Balbo non riuscì a trovare, nemmeno con la forza, l’acqua sufficiente da donare alla terra di quei pochi coloni veneti e della bassa ferrarese che, sotto l’enfasi propagandistica del regime, lo avevano raggiunto, si erano rimboccati le maniche e si erano illusi di rendere verde il deserto “liberato”.

    Fu sempre qui, in Libia, che italo Balbo, per tragica ironia della sorte o per fatale coincidenza, precipitò realmente in una voragine di sabbia e trovò la morte, colpito dal fuoco amico della artiglieria contraerea italiana nei cieli di Tobruk il 28 giugno 1940. Evidentemente mentre lui seguiva le orme dei grandi colonizzatori italiani, qualcos’altro stava seguendo le sue tracce, poiché la responsabilità storica di quanto avvenuto per sbaglio, come tragico errore e incidente di guerra, venne assunta in prima persona da un capo pezzo del 202 Reggimento di Artiglieria, che ammise di aver sparato raffiche di artiglieria contraerea all’indirizzo del trimotore Savoia Marchetti 79 pilotato dal suo comandante supremo nonché concittadino Italo Balbo, essendo significativamente pure lui, Claudio Marzola, 20enne, un ferrarese purosangue.

    I colpi letali partirono da una delle tre mitragliatrici da 20 mm in dotazione a un Incrociatore Corazzato della Marina Regia che permaneva in rada semiaffondato e a scopo difensivo antiaereo, varato con lo stesso nome del santo patrono della città di Ferrara: San Giorgio.

    https://pagineesteri.it/2021/05/27/africa/colonialismo-in-libia-la-strategia-italiana-della-terra-bruciata
    #colonialisme #Italie #terre_brûlée #colonisation #histoire_coloniale #Italie_coloniale #colonialisme_italien #aviation #Zanzour #Zavia #oasis #bombardement #Cirenaica #Graziani #Rodolfo_Graziani #Taizerbo #iprite #Pietro_Badoglio #Badoglio #Roberto_Lordi #Italo_Balbo #fascisme #Giarabub #Balbo #Legione_Condor #violence #Natale_Gaiba #Giovanni_Minzone #don_Minzoni #Claudio_Marzola

    Un mur construit à l’époque coloniale et encore debout aujourd’hui et utilisé comme barrière anti-migrants :

    Quel muro, il muro italiano di Giarabub, è tuttora presente e in funzione come barriera anti-immigrazione: una doppia linea di recinzione metallica lunga 270 chilometri, larga quattro metri, alta tre, visibilmente malandata ma resa insuperabile da chilometri di matasse di filo spinato che si srotolano dalle regioni a ridosso del porto di Bardia, lungo le sterpaglie desolate della Marmarica, fino a perdersi nel Grande Mare di Sabbia del Deserto Libico.
    Questa grande opera venne commissionata alla Società Italiana Costruzioni e Lavori Pubblici di Roma, che la realizzò in sei mesi, dal 15 aprile al 5 settembre 1931, ad un costo complessivo di circa venti milioni di lire, impegnando nella costruzione 2.500 indigeni sorvegliati da 1.200 soldati e carabinieri, lungo un percorso totalmente privo di strade e di risorse idriche.
    Il reticolato di filo spinato è sostenuto da paletti di ferro con base in calcestruzzo, vigilato dai ruderi fatiscenti di tre ridotte e sei ridottini; lungo il suo percorso vennero costruiti tre campi d’aviazione, una linea telefonica, 270 milioni di paletti di ferro e ventimila quintali di cemento.

    #murs #barrières_frontalières

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    ajouté à la métaliste sur le colonialisme italien :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/871953

    • #Balbo street à #Chicago —> une rue est encore dédiée à #Italo_Balbo :

      Nei sei anni che Balbo visse e volò in Libia, lo Sparviero abbatté tutti i record e tutti i primati di volo civile, velocità, trasporto, durata, distanza, poi il salto di qualità e da civile divenne aereo militare: nella versione S.79K, l’impiego operativo di questo modello avvenne con l’intervento italiano nella guerra civile spagnola e il 26 aprile 1937, tre S.M.79 dell’Aviazione Legionaria presero parte al bombardamento della cittadina basca di Guernica, un’incursione aerea compiuta in cooperazione con la Legione Condor nazista, che colpì nottetempo la popolazione civile inerme e ispirò il celeberrimo dipinto di denuncia di Pablo Picasso.

      Sette anni prima era alla guida di grandi imprese di voli transatlantici: il primo nel 1930 da Orbetello a Rio de Janeiro; il secondo tre anni dopo, da Orbetello a Chicago. Questa seconda crociera, organizzata per celebrare il decennale della Regia Aeronautica Militare Italiana nell’ambito dell’Esposizione Universale Century of Progress che si tenne a Chicago tra il 1933 e il 1934, lo aveva coperto di gloria.

      Il governatore dell’Illinois e il sindaco della città di Chicago riservarono ai trasvolatori un’accoglienza trionfale: a Balbo venne intitolata una strada, tutt’oggi esistente, e i Sioux presenti all’Esposizione lo nominarono capo indiano, con il nome di Capo Aquila Volante. Il volo di ritorno proseguì per New York, dove il presidente Roosevelt organizzò, in onore agli equipaggi della flotta di 25 idrotransvolanti italiani, una grande street parade.


      https://www.openstreetmap.org/search?query=balbo%20street%20chicago#map=17/41.87445/-87.62088

      #toponymie #toponymie_politique #toponymie_coloniale

      Et un #monument :
      Balbo Monument

      The Balbo Monument consists of a column that is approximately 2,000 years old dating from between 117 and 38 BC and a contemporary stone base. It was taken from an ancient port town outside of Rome by Benito Mussolini and given to the city of Chicago in 1933 to honor the trans-Atlantic flight led by Italo Balbo to the #Century_of_Progress_Worlds_Fair.


      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balbo_Monument

      #statue

      ping @cede

  • Difficult Heritage

    The Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm and the University of Basel are collaborating in the organization of the international summer program Difficult Heritage. Coordinated by the Decolonizing Architecture Course from Sweden and the Critical Urbanism course from Switzerland, the program takes place at #Borgo_Rizza (Syracuse, Italy) from 30 August to 7 September 2021, in coordination with Carlentini Municipality, as well as the local university and associations.
    The program is constituted by a series of lectures, seminars, workshop, readings and site visits centered around the rural town of Borgo Rizza, build in 1940 by the ‘#Ente_della_colonizzazione’ established by the fascist regime to colonize the south of Italy perceived as backward and underdeveloped.
    The town seems a perfect place for participants to analyze, reflect and intervene in the debate regarding the architectural heritage associated to painful and violent memories and more broadly to problematize the colonial relation with the countryside, especially after the renew attention due the pandemic.
    The summer program takes place inside the former ‘entity of colonization’ and constitutes the first intensive study period for the Decolonizing Architecture Advanced Course 2020/21 participants.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0jY9q1VR3E

    #mémoire #héritage #Italie #Sicile #colonialisme #Italie_du_Sud #fascisme #histoire #architecture #Libye #Borgo_Bonsignore #rénovation #monuments #esthétique #idéologie #tabula_rasa #modernisation #stazione_sperimentale_di_granicoltura #blé #agriculture #battaglia_del_grano #nationalisme #grains #productivité #propagande #auto-suffisance #alimentation #Borgo_Cascino #abandon #ghost-town #villaggio_fantasma #ghost_town #traces #conservation #spirale #décolonisation #défascistisation #Emilio_Distretti

    –-
    ajouté à la métaliste sur le colonialisme italien :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/871953

    via @cede qui l’a aussi signalé sur seenthis : https://seenthis.net/messages/953432

    • Architectural Demodernization as Critical Pedagogy: Pathways for Undoing Colonial Fascist Architectural Legacies in Sicily

      The Southern question

      In 1952, #Danilo_Dolci, a young architect living and working in industrial Milan, decided to leave the North – along with its dreams for Italy’s economic boom and rapid modernization – behind, and move to Sicily. When he arrived, as he describes in his book Banditi a Partinico (The Outlaws of Partinico, 1956), he found vast swathes of rural land brutally scarred by the war, trapped in a systematic spiral of poverty, malnutrition and anomie. After twenty years of authoritarian rule, Italy’s newly created democratic republic preserved the ‘civilising’ ethos established by the fascist regime, to develop and modernize Sicily. The effect of these plans was not to bridge the gap with the richer North, but rather, to usher in a slow and prolonged repression of the marginalised poor in the South. In his book, as well as in many other accounts, Dolci collected the testimonies of people in Partinico and Borgo di Trappeto near Trapani, western Sicily.1, Palermo: Sellerio Editore, 2009.] Living on the margins of society, they were rural labourers, unemployed fishermen, convicted criminals, prostitutes, widows and orphans – those who, in the aftermath of fascism, found themselves crushed by state violence and corruption, by the exploitation of local notables and landowners, and the growing power of the Mafia.

      Dolci’s activism, which consisted of campaigns and struggles with local communities and popular committees aimed at returning dignity to their villages, often resulted in confrontations with the state apparatus. Modernization, in this context, relied on a carceral approach of criminalisation, policing and imprisonment, as a form of domestication of the underprivileged. On the one hand, the South was urged to become like the North, yet on the other, the region was thrown further into social decay, which only accelerated its isolation from the rest of the country.

      The radical economic and social divide between Italy’s North and South has deep roots in national history and in the colonial/modern paradigm. From 1922, Antonio Gramsci branded this divide as evidence of how fascism exploited the subaltern classes via the Italian northern elites and their capital. Identifying a connection with Italy’s colonisation abroad, Gramsci read the exploitation of poverty and migrant labour in the colonial enterprise as one of ‘the wealthy North extracting maximum economic advantage out of the impoverished South’.2 Since the beginning of the colonisation of Libya in 1911, Italian nationalist movements had been selling the dream of a settler colonial/modern project that would benefit the underprivileged masses of southern rural laborers.

      The South of Italy was already considered an internal colony in need of modernization. This set the premise of what Gramsci called Italy’s ‘Southern question’, with the southern subalterns being excluded from the wider class struggle and pushed to migrate towards the colonies and elsewhere.3 By deprovincialising ‘the Southern question’ and connecting it to the colonial question, Gramsci showed that the struggle against racialised and class-based segregation meant thinking beyond colonially imposed geographies and the divide between North and South, cities and countryside, urban labourers and peasants.

      Gramsci’s gaze from the South can help us to visualise and spatialise the global question of colonial conquest and exploitation, and its legacy of an archipelago of colonies scattered across the North/South divide. Written in the early 1920s but left incomplete, Gramsci’s The Southern Question anticipated the colonizzazione interna (internal colonization) of fascism, motivated by a capital-driven campaign for reclaiming arable land that mainly effected Italy’s rural South. Through a synthesis of monumentalism, technological development and industrial planning, the fascist regime planned designs for urban and non-urban reclamation, in order to inaugurate a new style of living and to celebrate the fascist settler. This programme was launched in continuation of Italy’s settler colonial ventures in Africa.

      Two paths meet under the roof of the same project – that of modernization.

      Architectural colonial modernism

      Architecture has always played a crucial role in representing the rationality of modernity, with all its hierarchies and fascist ramifications. In the Italian context, this meant a polymorphous and dispersed architecture of occupation – new settlements, redrawn agricultural plots and coerced migration – which was arranged and constructed according to modern zoning principles and a belief in the existence of a tabula rasa. As was the case with architectural modernism on a wider scale, this was implemented through segregation and erasure, under the principle that those deemed as non-modern should be modernized or upgraded to reach higher stages of civilisation. The separation in the African colonies of white settler enclaves from Indigenous inhabitants was mirrored in the separation between urban and rural laborers in the Italian South. These were yet another manifestation of the European colonial/modern project, which for centuries has divided the world into different races, classes and nations, constructing its identity in opposition to ‘other’ ways of life, considered ‘traditional’, or worse, ‘backwards’. This relation, as unpacked by decolonial theories and practices, is at the core of the European modernity complex – a construct of differentiations from other cultures, which depends upon colonial hegemony.

      Taking the decolonial question to the shores of Europe today means recognising all those segregations that also continue to be perpetuated across the Northern Hemisphere, and that are the product of the unfinished modern and modernist project. Foregrounding the impact of the decolonial question in Europe calls for us to read it within the wider question of the ‘de-modern’, beyond colonially imposed geographical divides between North and South. We define ‘demodernization’ as a condition that wants to undo the rationality of zoning and compartmentalisation enforced by colonial modern architecture, territorialisation and urbanism. Bearing in mind what we have learned from Dolci and Gramsci, we will explain demodernization through architectural heritage; specifically, from the context of Sicily – the internal ‘civilisational’ front of the Italian fascist project.

      Sicily’s fascist colonial settlements

      In 1940, the Italian fascist regime founded the Ente di Colonizzazione del Latifondo Siciliano (ECLS, Entity for the Colonization of the Sicilian Latifondo),4 following the model of the Ente di Colonizzazione della Libia and of colonial urban planning in Eritrea and Ethiopia. The entity was created to reform the latifondo, the predominant agricultural system in southern Italy for centuries. This consisted of large estates and agricultural plots owned by noble, mostly absentee, landlords. Living far from their holdings, these landowners used local middlemen and hired thugs to sublet to local peasants and farmers who needed plots of land for self-sustenance.5 Fascism sought to transform this unproductive, outdated and exploitative system, forcing a wave of modernization. From 1940 to 1943, the Ente built more than 2,000 homesteads and completed eight settlements in Sicily. These replicated the structures and planimetries that were built throughout the 1930s in the earlier bonifica integrale (land reclamation) of the Pontine Marshes near Rome, in Libya and in the Horn of Africa; the same mix of piazzas, schools, churches, villas, leisure centres, monuments, and a Casa del Fascio (fascist party headquarters). In the name of imperial geographical unity, from the ‘centre’ to the ‘periphery’, many of the villages built in Sicily were named after fascist ‘martyrs’, soldiers and settlers who had died in the overseas colonies. For example, Borgo Bonsignore was named after a carabinieri (military officer) who died in the Battle of Gunu Gadu in 1936, and Borgo Fazio and Borgo Giuliano after Italian settlers killed by freedom fighters in occupied Ethiopia.

      The reform of the latifondo also sought to implement a larger strategy of oppression of political dissent in Italy. The construction of homesteads in the Sicilian countryside and the development of the land was accompanied by the state-driven migration of northern labourers, which also served the fascist regime as a form of social surveillance. The fascists wanted to displace and transform thousands of rural laborers from the North – who could otherwise potentially form a stronghold of dissent against the regime – into compliant settlers.6 Simultaneously, and to complete the colonizing circle, many southern agricultural workers were sent to coastal Libya and the Horn of Africa to themselves become new settlers, at the expense of Indigenous populations.

      All the Sicilian settlements were designed following rationalist principles to express the same political and social imperatives. Closed communities like the Pontine settlements were ‘geometrically closed in the urban layout and administratively closed to farmers, workmen, and outside visitors as well’.7 With the vision of turning waged agrarian laborers into small landowners, these borghi were typologically designed as similar to medieval city enclaves, which excluded those from the lower orders.

      These patterns of spatial separation and social exclusion were, unsurprisingly, followed by the racialisation of the Italian southerners. Referring to a bestiary, the propaganda journal Civiltà Fascista (Fascist Civilisation) described the Pontine Marshes as similar to ‘certain zones of Africa and America’, ‘a totally wild region’ whose inhabitants were ‘desperate creatures living as wild animals’.8 Mussolini’s regime explicitly presented this model of modernization, cultivation and drainage to the Italian public as a form of warfare. The promise of arable land and reclaimed marshes shaped an epic narrative which depicted swamps and the ‘unutilised’ countryside as the battlefield where bare nature – and its ‘backward inhabitants’ – was the enemy to be tamed and transformed.

      However, despite the fanfare of the regime, both the projects of settler colonialism in Africa and the plans for social engineering and modernization in the South of Italy were short-lived. As the war ended, Italy ‘lost’ its colonies and the many Ente were gradually reformed or shut down.9 While most of the New Towns in the Pontine region developed into urban centres, most of the fascist villages built in rural Sicily were meanwhile abandoned to a slow decay.

      Although that populationist model of modernization failed, the Sicilian countryside stayed at the centre of the Italian demographic question for decades to come. Since the 1960s, these territories have experienced a completely different kind of migration to that envisaged by the fascist regime. Local youth have fled unemployment in huge numbers, migrating to the North of Italy and abroad. With the end of the Second World War and the colonies’ return to independence, it was an era of reversed postcolonial migration: no longer white European settlers moving southwards/eastwards, but rather a circulatory movement of people flowing in other directions, with those now freed from colonial oppression taking up the possibility to move globally. Since then, a large part of Sicily’s agrarian sector has relied heavily on seasonal migrant labour from the Southern Hemisphere and, more recently, from Eastern Europe. Too often trapped in the exploitative and racist system of the Italian labour market, most migrants working in areas of intensive agriculture – in various Sicilian provinces near the towns of Cassibile, Vittoria, Campobello di Mazara, Caltanissetta and Paternò – have been forced out of cities and public life. They live isolated from the local population, socially segregated in tent cities or rural slums, and without basic services such as access to water and sanitation.

      As such, rural Sicily – as well as vast swathes of southern Italy – remain stigmatised as ‘insalubrious’ spaces, conceived of in the public imagination as ‘other’, ‘dangerous’ and ‘backward’. From the time of the fascist new settlements to the informal rural slums populated by migrants in the present, much of the Sicilian countryside epitomises a very modern trope: that the South is considered to be in dire need of modernization. The rural world is seen to constitute an empty space as the urban centres are unable to deal with the social, economic, political and racial conflicts and inequalities that have been (and continue to be) produced through the North/South divides. This was the case at the time of fascist state-driven internal migration and overseas settler colonial projects. And it still holds true for the treatment of migrants from the ex-colonies, and their attempted resettlement on Italian land today.

      Since 2007, Sicily’s right-wing regional and municipal governments have tried repeatedly to attain public funding for the restoration of the fascist settlements. While this program has been promoted as a nostalgic celebration of the fascist past, in the last decade, some municipalities have also secured EU funding for architectural restoration under the guise of creating ‘hubs’ for unhoused and stranded migrants and refugees. None of these projects have ever materialised, although EU money has financed the restoration of what now look like clean, empty buildings. These plans for renovation and rehousing echo Italy’s deepest populationist anxieties, which are concerned with managing and resettling ‘other’ people considered ‘in excess’. While the ECLS was originally designed to implement agrarian reforms and enable a flow of migration from the north of the country, this time, the Sicilian villages were seen as instrumental to govern unwanted migrants, via forced settlement and (an illusion of) hospitality. This reinforces a typical modern hierarchical relationship between North and South, and with that, exploitative metropolitan presumptions over the rural world.

      The Entity of Decolonization

      To imagine a counter-narrative about Sicily’s, and Italy’s, fascist heritage, we presented an installation for the 2020 Quadriennale d’arte – FUORI, as a Decolonizing Architecture Art Research (DAAR) project. This was held at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome, the venue of the Prima mostra internazionale d’arte coloniale (First International Exhibition of Colonial Art, 1931), as well as other propaganda exhibitions curated by the fascist regime. The installation aims to critically rethink the rural towns built by the ECLS. It marks the beginning of a longer-term collaborative project, the Ente di Decolonizzazione or Entity of Decolonization, which is conceived as a transformative process in history-telling. The installation builds on a photographic dossier of documentation produced by Luca Capuano, which reactivates a network of built heritage that is at risk of decay, abandonment and being forgotten. With the will to find new perspectives from which to consider and deconstruct the legacies of colonialism and fascism, the installation thinks beyond the perimeters of the fascist-built settlements to the different forms of segregations and division they represent. It moves from these contested spaces towards a process of reconstitution of the social, cultural and intimate fabrics that have been broken by modern splits and bifurcations. The project is about letting certain stories and subjectivities be reborn and reaffirmed, in line with Walter D. Mignolo’s statement that ‘re-existing means using the imaginary of modernity rather than being used by it. Being used by modernity means that coloniality operates upon you, controls you, forms your emotions, your subjectivity, your desires. Delinking entails a shift towards using instead of being used.’10 The Entity of Decolonization is a fluid and permanent process, that seeks perpetual manifestations in architectural heritage, art practice and critical pedagogy. The Entity exists to actively question and contest the modernist structures under which we continue to live.

      In Borgo Rizza, one of the eight villages built by the Ente, we launched the Difficult Heritage Summer School – a space for critical pedagogy and discussions around practices of reappropriation and re-narrativisation of the spaces and symbols of colonialism and fascism.11 Given that the villages were built to symbolise fascist ideology, how far is it possible to subvert their founding principles? How to reuse these villages, built to celebrate fascist martyrs and settlers in the colonial wars in Africa? How to transform them into antidotes to fascism?

      Borgo Rizza was built in 1940 by the architect Pietro Gramignani on a piece of land previously expropriated by the ECLS from the Caficis, a local family of landowners. It exhibits a mixed architectural style of rationalism and neoclassical monumentalism. The settlement is formed out of a perimeter of buildings around a central protected and secured piazza that was also the main access to the village. The main edifices representing temporal power (the fascist party, the ECLS, the military and the school) and spiritual power (the church) surround the centre of the piazza. To display the undisputed authority of the regime, the Casa del Fascio took centre stage. The village is surrounded on all sides by eucalyptus trees planted by the ECLS and the settlers. The planting of eucalyptus, often to the detriment of indigenous trees, was a hallmark of settler colonialism in Libya and the Horn of Africa, dubiously justified because their extensive roots dry out swamps and so were said to reduce risks of malaria.

      With the end of the Second World War, Borgo Rizza, along with all the other Sicilian settlements, went through rapid decay and decline. It first became a military outpost, before being temporarily abandoned in the war’s aftermath. In 1975, the ownership and management of the cluster of buildings comprising the village was officially transferred to the municipality of Carlentini, which has since made several attempts to revive it. In 2006, the edifices of the Ente di Colonizzazione and the post office were rehabilitated with the intent of creating a garden centre amid the lush vegetation. However, the garden centre was never realised, while the buildings and the rest of the settlement remain empty.

      Yet despite the village’s depopulation, over the years the wider community of Carlentini have found an informal way to reuse the settlement’s spaces. The void of the piazza, left empty since the fall of fascism, became a natural spot for socialising. The piazza was originally designed by the ECLS for party gatherings and to convey order and hierarchy to the local population. But many locals remember a time, in the early 1980s, before the advent of air-conditioned malls that offered new leisure spaces to those living in peri-urban and rural areas, when people would gather in the piazza for fresh air amid summer heatwaves. The summer school builds on these memories, to return the piazza to its full public function and reinvent it as a place for both hospitality and critical pedagogy.

      Let’s not forget that the village was first used as a pedagogical tool in the hands of the regime. The school building was built by the ECLS and was the key institution to reflect the principles of neo-idealism promoted by the fascist and neo-Hegelian philosophers Giovanni Gentile and Giuseppe Lombardo Radice. Radice was a pedagogue and theoretician who contributed significantly to the fascist reforms of the Italian school system in the 1930s. Under the influence of Gentile, his pedagogy celebrated the modern principle of a transcendental knowledge that is never individual but rather embodied by society, its culture, the party, the state and the nation. In the fascist ideal, the classroom was designed to be the space where students would strive to transcend themselves through acquired knowledge. A fascist education was meant to make pupils merge with the ‘universal’ embodied by the teacher, de facto the carrier of fascist national values. In relation to the countryside context, the role of pedagogy was to glorify the value of rurality as opposed to the decadence wrought by liberal bourgeois cultures and urban lifestyles. The social order of fascism revolved around this opposition, grounded in the alienation of the subaltern from social and political life, via the splitting of the urban and rural working class, the celebration of masculinity and patriarchy, and the traditionalist nuclear family of settlers.

      Against this historical background, our summer school wants to inspire a spatial, architectural and political divorce from this past. We want to engage with decolonial pedagogies and encourage others to do the same, towards an epistemic reorganisation of the building’s architecture. In this, we share the assertion of Danilo Dolci, given in relation to the example of elementary schools built in the fascist era, of the necessity for a liberation from the physical and mental cages erected by fascism:

      These seemed designed (and to a large extent their principles and legacies are still felt today) to let young individuals get lost from an early age. So that they would lose the sense of their own existence, by feeling the heavy weight of the institution that dominates them. These buildings were specifically made to prevent children from looking out, to make them feel like grains of sand, dispersed in these grey, empty, boundless spaces.12

      This is the mode of demodernization we seek in this project: to come to terms with, confront, and deactivate the tools and symbols of modern fascist colonization and authoritarian ideologies, pedagogy and urbanism. It is an attempt to fix the social fabric that fascism broke, to heal the histories of spatial, social and political isolation in which the village originates. Further, it is an attempt to heal pedagogy itself, from within a space first created as the pedagogical hammer in the hands of the regime’s propagandists.

      This means that when we look at the forms of this rationalist architecture, we do not feel any aesthetic pleasure in or satisfaction with the original version. This suggests the need to imagine forms of public preservation outside of the idea of saving the village via restoration, which would limit the intervention to returning the buildings to their ‘authentic’ rationalist design. Instead, the school wants to introduce the public to alternative modes of heritage-making.

      Architectural demodernization

      In the epoch in which we write and speak from the southern shores of Europe, the entanglement of demodernization with decolonization is not a given, and certainly does not imply an equation. While decolonization originates in – and is only genealogically possible as the outcome of – anti-colonialist struggles and liberation movements from imperial theft and yoke, demodernization does not relate to anti-modernism, which was an expression of reactionary, anti-technological and nationalist sentiment, stirred at the verge of Europe’s liberal collapse in the interwar period. As Dolci explained for the Italian and Sicilian context, there is no shelter to be found in any anachronistic escape to the (unreal and fictional) splendours of the past. Or, following Gramsci’s refusal to believe that the Italian South would find the solutions to its problems through meridionalism, a form of southern identitarian and essentialist regionalism, which further detaches ‘the Southern question’ from possible alliances with the North.

      Demodernization does not mean eschewing electricity and wiring, mortar and beams, or technology and infrastructure, nor the consequent welfare that they provide, channel and distribute. By opposing modernity’s aggressive universalism, demodernization is a means of opening up societal, collective and communal advancement, change and transformation. Precisely as Dolci explains, the question it is not about the negation of progress but about choosing which progress you want.13

      In the context in which we exist and work, imagining the possibility of an architectural demodernization is an attempt to redraw the contours of colonial architectural heritage, and specifically, to raise questions of access, ownership and critical reuse. We want to think of demodernization as a method of epistemic desegregation, which applies to both discourse and praxis: to reorient and liberate historical narratives on fascist architectural heritage from the inherited whiteness and ideas of civilisation instilled by colonial modernity, and to invent forms of architectural reappropriation and reuse. We hold one final aim in mind: that the remaking of (post)colonial geographies of knowledge and relations means turning such fascist designs against themselves.

      https://www.internationaleonline.org/research/decolonising_practices/208_architectural_demodernization_as_critical_pedagogy_pathway

      #Partinico #Borgo_di_Trappeto #Italie_du_Sud #Italie_meridionale #Southern_question #colonizzazione_interna #colonisation_interne #Ente_di_Colonizzazione_de_Latifondo_Siciliano (#ECLS) #Ente_di_Colonizzazione_della_Libia #modernisation #bonifica_integrale #Pontine_Marshes #Borgo_Bonsignore #Borgo_Fazio #Borgo_Giuliano #latifondo #Pietro_Gramignani #Caficis

    • ‘Free Ukraine Street’ : Russian Embassies Get Pointed New Addresses

      Officials in many European cities are giving streets, squares and intersections in front of Russian missions names with pro-Ukraine themes.

      The unassuming intersection in front of the Russian Embassy in central Oslo didn’t really have a name until Tuesday, when its local council bestowed on it a particularly pointed one: “Ukrainas Plass,” or Ukraine’s Square.

      “We wanted to make a statement that we find Russia’s actions totally unacceptable,” said Tore Walaker, a councilor for Frogner, the neighborhood where the embassy is, which has been the scene of spirited protests since the Russian invasion.

      Russian embassy staff will soon have to pass a sign identifying the area as Ukraine’s Square on their way to work, said Jens Jorgen Lie, the chairman of the Frogner borough council.

      “It’s not helping to stop the war,” he said. “But we do the little we can and must.”

      As Russian embassies have become a focus for protests in Europe and around the world against President Vladimir V. Putin, officials in some European cities are expressing their outrage at the invasion of Ukraine by trying to change street names.

      In the Lithuanian capital, Vilnius, an unnamed street leading to the Russian Embassy was officially named “Ukrainian Heroes Street” on Wednesday, according to the city’s mayor, Remigijus Simasius, who added that mail might not be delivered to the embassy if it did not use the new address. “Everyone who writes a letter to the embassy will have to think about the victims of Russian aggression and the heroes of Ukraine,” he said in a post on Facebook.

      Tirana, the Albanian capital, said it would name a street segment that is home to the Russian Embassy “Free Ukraine.” In Latvia, the Russian Embassy in Riga will now lie on “Ukraine Independence Street,” according to a local deputy mayor. And in Copenhagen, city officials will next week discuss changing the name of the street on which the Russian Embassy sits from “Kristianiagade” to “Ukrainegade.”

      In England, lawmakers have lobbied for the street address of the Russian Embassy in London to be switched to “Zelensky Avenue,” after the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, who vowed in an address to Britain’s House of Commons this week that he would never surrender to Russian forces. “Britain must shame Putin at every possible opportunity,” said Layla Moran, a spokeswoman on foreign affairs for the Liberal Democrats.

      The borough of Kensington and Chelsea, an affluent area that contains the Russian, Ukrainian and other embassies, said it supported the Ukrainian community, but had not yet received any official applications to change the name of the street.

      “We share the world’s anger at Putin’s assault on Ukraine and are horrified at the plight of the men, women and children caught up in the conflict,” the borough said in a statement, but added: “It is actions rather than symbolism that they desperately need now.”

      The proposals for name changes have been met with largely positive reactions from supporters of Ukraine, though some question the effectiveness of such symbolic moves. Others have said the renaming of streets should be even more extensive.

      In Oslo, Eugenia Khoroltseva, an activist with family in Ukraine and Russia who has demonstrated near what is now Ukraine’s Square since the invasion began, said of the renaming: “I fully support it on behalf of the pro-democratic Russian community living in Norway.”

      In a statement on Wednesday, the Russian Embassy in Oslo said the move would be “regarded as an anti-Russian action, whether by the government or the district authorities. Norwegians should consider this.”

      In Copenhagen, the Russian Embassy noted that its street — Kristianiagade — carried the former name of Norway’s capital, a symbol of “historical bonds and good relationships between Denmark and Norway.”

      “I think the Norwegians will understand,” said Jakob Ellemann-Jensen, a Danish lawmaker who is leading the proposal for renaming the street Ukrainegade. “I think there are many things we should do to help the Ukrainians. There is no action that is too small.”

      The inspiration, he added, came from the naming of a plaza in front the Russian Embassy in Washington after Boris Nemtsov, the Russian opposition leader and outspoken critic of Mr. Putin who was assassinated in 2015. A similar proposal to rename a square outside a Russian consulate was made by a politician last year in the town of Kirkenes, close to the Norwegian-Russian border, but was met with resistance.
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      “This is a war we will never forget and a war that the Russians should never forget,” Mr. Ellemann-Jensen said.

      https://www.nytimes.com/2022/03/10/world/europe/ukraine-russia-war-embassies-street-names.html

    • Guerre en Ukraine : à #Dnipro, des russophones font tout pour ne plus parler russe

      Dans une partie de l’Ukraine, la langue la plus couramment parlée est le russe. Mais pour de nombreux habitants, la guerre ravive un élan patriotique qui passe aussi par une réappropriation de la langue ukrainienne. Illustration à Dnipro, en plein cœur du pays.

      (...)

      Et dans cette guerre linguistique, la ville de Dnipro prend aussi sa part. "Nous avons changé les dénominations d’une trentaine de rues, confirme Mirailo Lysenko, maire adjoint en charge de l’aménagement.

      "La plupart [des rues] ont pris le nom de nos #villes_martyres et d’autres ont pris le nom d’importantes personnalités ukrainiennes, conclut Mirailo Lysenko. Les nouvelles plaques sont en train d’être fabriquées. Dans quelques semaines, le passage Moscovite va ainsi devenir #passage_Azovstal, du nom de cette usine métallurgique symbole de la résistance de #Marioupol.

      https://www.francetvinfo.fr/monde/europe/manifestations-en-ukraine/reportage-guerre-en-ukraine-a-dnipro-des-habitants-font-tout-pour-ne-pl

    • Russia not waging campaign against Ukraine’s culture, says diplomat

      “Russia have not launched a campaign to demolish monuments to prominent Ukrainians or rename streets, bearing their names, and have never done so,” Maria Zakharova stressed

      Russia has never sought to harm Ukraine’s #culture in any way, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told a news briefing on Friday.

      “Who has ever tried to intentionally damage Ukraine’s cultural heritage, when and in what way?” Zakharova said. “Unlike our neighbors, we have never been prone to such behavior. We have not launched a campaign to demolish monuments to prominent Ukrainians or rename streets, bearing their names, and have never done so.”

      The EU’s accusations against Russia of damaging Ukraine’s cultural heritage cause confusion, Zakharova said. “What are you talking about? Do the people, who level such claims, know anything about our common history, about present-day reality?”

      The EU’s weapons supplies to Ukraine are in conflict with the objective to protect and restore Ukraine’s cultural heritage the bloc has been declaring, the diplomat said.

      “That’s another example of Brussels’ destructive logic: it is prepared to sacrifice basic principles of international humanitarian cooperation and politicize culture, sports, science and youth policy, while pursuing its aims or the aims imposed on it,” Zakharova said.

      https://tass.com/politics/1460203

      #monuments

  • MORTAL CITIES. Forgotten Monuments

    A revealing study of the effect of war damage on inhabitants of a city and on the potential of architecture and urban design to reconcile people with the loss of urban structure and cultural symbols.

    As a child, architect #Arna_Mačkić experienced firsthand the Bosnian civil war, and with her family she fled her native country for the Netherlands. In 1999, she was able to visit Bosnia and the city of #Mostar again for the first time to witness the utter devastation - the war had left seventy percent of the buildings destroyed. This experience inspired Mačkić’s research to explore the emotional effects of war damage on a city’s inhabitants and the possibilities for rebuilding collective and inclusive identities through architecture.

    The book Mortal Cities and Forgotten Monuments tells a moving story of architecture and history. The first two parts of the book provide historical background on the war in Bosnia and its relationship to the built environment of the region. The final section demonstrates Mačkić’s ideas for architectural interventions, applying a new design language that goes beyond political, religious, or cultural interpretations - an openness that allows it avoid tensions and claims of truth without ignoring or denying the past. Using this as a foundation, she proposes designs for urban and public space that are simultaneously rooted in ancient traditions while looking toward the future.

    https://www.naibooksellers.nl/mortal-cities-and-forgotten-monuments-arna-mackic.html

    #livre #ruines #villes #urban_matter #géographie_urbaine #mémoire #guerre #Arna_Mackic #Mackic #Bosnie #architecture #identité #histoire

    via @cede

  • Musée d’art et d’histoire de #Neuchâtel
    –-> Recherches passé colonial

    Dans un souci d’intégrer les acquis de la recherche et de stimuler la réflexion face aux enjeux contemporains liés au #passé_colonial de la Suisse, le #MahN entend mettre à disposition du public des sources et des indications bibliographiques sur l’implication de Neuchâtelois dans la #traite_négrière et l’#esclavage.

    https://www.mahn.ch/fr/expositions/recherches-passe-colonial-1

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    #Séminaire UNINE sur la statue de #David_de_Pury, 7 décembre 2020

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhSZz3pbIHU


    #de_Pury #monument #mémoire #statue


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    #mémoire de bachelor :
    Déboulonner David de Pury. Une analyse des revendications et des résistances autour du retrait d’un #monument sur la #Place_Pury

    https://www.mahn.ch/fileadmin/mahn/EXPOSITIONS/EXPOSITIONS_ACTUELLES/Recherches_passe_colonial/TEXTES/MemoireMasterUNiNEDaviddePury2021.pdf

    #Suisse #histoire #histoire_coloniale #décolonial

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    ajouté à la métaliste sur le #colonialisme_suisse :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/868109

    • En tête-à-tête avec David de Pury

      Inaugurées hier à Neuchâtel, des œuvres d’art contemporain sont censées porter ombrage à David de Pury. La Ville a choisi cette option plutôt que celle du déboulonnage.

      On dirait à première vue un nain de jardin coulé dans du béton par le collectif chaux-de-fonnier Plonk & Replonk. Mais à y regarder de plus près, c’est bien l’ancien bienfaiteur de Neuchâtel David de Pury, dont la fortune a été érigée au XVIIIe siècle grâce au commerce triangulaire, qui a été légèrement renversé de son piédestal. Du moins symboliquement.

      L’artiste genevois et afro-descendant #Mathias_Pfund a en effet irrévérencieusement bétonné un modèle miniature de cette statue, qu’il a ensuite renversée à 180 degrés pour les besoins d’un art critique et éclairant sur le passé. Choisie par le jury, son œuvre présentée hier à Neuchâtel est cependant nettement moins imposante que l’originale. Elle va pourtant tenter bientôt de dialoguer avec l’auguste statue qui trône sur la place du même nom depuis 1855. Baptisée A scratch on the nose (Une éraflure sur le nez), sa sculpture a été vernie hier par les autorités municipales sur le Péristyle de l’Hôtel de Ville dans le cadre de la semaine d’actions contre le racisme à Neuchâtel. Là aussi tout un symbole.

      Contenter les pétitionnaires

      Par ce type d’actions, l’exécutif veut entretenir son tête-à-tête avec David de Pury en livrant des contrepoids qu’il juge pertinents pour que l’histoire encombrante de la ville continue d’être questionnée. Un geste aussi à l’adresse d’une partie des pétitionnaires qui, au cours de l’été 2020, ont demandé que l’on déboulonne la statue du commerçant dans le sillage d’autres opérations de ce genre menées à travers le monde. Mais au lieu de céder au tabula rasa, la Ville de Neuchâtel a finalement choisi l’option des #marques_mémorielles.

      L’œuvre conçue par Mathias Pfund a été choisie par un jury cornaqué par Pap Ndiaye, lui-même à la tête du Palais de la Porte-Dorée à Paris, qui comprend le Musée d’histoire de l’immigration version française. Il a été secondé dans ses choix par Martin Jakob du Centre d’art de Neuchâtel (CAN), Faysal Mah du Collectif pour la mémoire, Noémie Michel, maître-assistante en science politique à l’université de Genève, Alina Mnatsakanian, coprésidente de Visarte Neuchâtel, et la photographe Namsa Leuba. Trois membres de l’art officiel ont également eu leur mot à dire : l’urbaniste municipal, Fabien Coquillat, le codirecteur du Musée d’ethnographie de Neuchâtel Grégoire Mayor et la conservatrice du département des arts plastiques au Musée d’art et d’histoire, Antonia Nessi.
      Coups de boutoir nécessaires

      Membre du mouvement Solidarités Neuchâtel, François Chédel voit dans cette mise en perspective « un premier pas ainsi qu’une solution pour l’heure satisfaisante ». Du moins en phase avec les réflexions qui entourent le sort de cette statue depuis près de deux ans. Une chose est sûre, l’exécutif n’entend ni rebaptiser la place ni déplacer l’icône du négociant.

      En revanche, l’espace sera revue de fond en comble. Ce qui devrait permettre sans doute aux œuvres sélectionnées, quatre au total, dont celle de Mathias Pfund et celle de l’artiste neuchâtelois #Nathan_Solioz (Ignis fatuus) qui fera appel cet hiver aux âmes des esclaves, de perdurer. « La durée de leur exposition devant la statue est étroitement liée à la question du réaménagement de la place Pury. On peut donc parler de plusieurs années d’exposition, sans être plus précis pour l’instant », ont indiqué au Courrier les autorités municipales.

      Pour François Chédel, les noms qui parsèment l’espace public continuent cependant de nous interroger, à Neuchâtel aussi, sur « nos réalités patriarcales, colonialistes, voire racistes ». Il relève aussi que les actions didactiques menées par la Ville n’auraient sans doute pas été possibles « sans les changements radicaux » exigés voici maintenant près de deux ans par son mouvement ainsi que par d’autres dans la foulée des manifestations Black Lives Matter. Il faut « questionner notre histoire et sa résonance dans l’espace public au travers de nouveaux #récits », a résumé pour sa part récemment le Service cantonal de la cohésion multiculturelle en présentant la Semaine contre le racisme.

      https://lecourrier.ch/2022/03/21/en-tete-a-tete-avec-david-de-pury

    • Place Pury : un hommage raté ?

      Suite à l’inauguration de l’œuvre autour de la statue de Pury, des voix dénoncent une « imposture » et pointent du doigt un hommage aux victimes de l’esclavage « au rabais ».

      La semaine dernière, Neuchâtel inaugurait une oeuvre Great in the Concrete (notre édition du 28 octobre) et une plaque explicative autour de la statue de David de Pury, un négociant qui avait fait fortune avec l’esclavage et légué sa fortune à la ville. Le monument a été au cœur de houleux débats lors du mouvement « Black Lives Matter ». Une pétition demandait en 2020 son retrait (notre édition du 26 juillet 2020).

      Suite à cette polémique, la Ville a lancé une série de mesures pour faire la lumière sur son passé colonial, dont la plaque et l’œuvre.

      Si ces deux initiatives sont présentées par les autorités comme un « #acte_de_mémoire » et un « #hommage » envers les personnes exploitées par le riche baron, le secrétaire général du Carrefour de réflexion et d’action contre le racisme anti-Noirs (CRAN), Kayana Mutombo, se dit très déçu. Il y voit même une #humiliation.

      « Le résultat de ce processus est tout simplement une #imposture », dénonce le politologue. Il déplore les #dimensions de #Great_in_the_Concrete. Il s’agit d’une version #miniature de la statue du bienfaiteur renversée, tête écrasée dans le sol. Le politologue n’était pourtant pas en faveur d’un déboulonnement.

      « J’ai participé aux rencontres initiales, nous avions proposé la création d’un monument bis qui établisse un dialogue entre le monument et les descendants des victimes de l’esclavage. Le résultat est au final une discussion entre de Pury et de Pury. Les voix des victimes et de leurs descendant·es n’y sont pas intégrées. »

      Nommer les victimes de l’esclavage

      Cet ancien chargé du Programme de lutte contre le racisme et la discrimination à l’UNESCO estime que la mémoire des victimes est ainsi minimisée. « Nous avions souligné l’importance de la #proportionnalité entre la statue originale et la nouvelle dans le cadre d’un devoir de mémoire. On rend hommage aux descendant·es aujourd’hui, comme on récompensait les esclaves avec une miche de pain ! »

      Il regrette également que les mots « Noir·es et Afrique » ne figurent pas sur la plaque explicative. « Il faut avoir étudié l’histoire pour comprendre les termes de #commerce_triangulaire et #colonisation. Ne pas nommer les #victimes est l’une des stratégies du racisme anti-Noir·es », déplore Kanyana Mutombo.

      Le collectif pour la mémoire à l’origine de la pétition est plus nuancé. Il estime que « ces mesures ne sont pas suffisantes ni satisfaisantes mais guident sur la voie à emprunter ». Il avance que la Ville de Neuchâtel a pris au sérieux sa demande constituant un groupe de réflexion et en produisant un contenu pédagogique, à défaut d’enlever la statue. Il regrette cependant que le Secrétaire général du CRAN n’ait pas été inclus dans la suite de la réflexion.

      Des moyens dérisoires ?

      D’autres voix déplorent le manque de moyens engagés pour la Ville. Ousmane Dia, artiste plasticien suisse et sénégalais, très enthousiasmé dans le projet a vu ses ardeurs freinées, lorsqu’il a appris que le budget alloué était de 20 000 à 25 000 francs.

      « En tant qu’artiste plasticien afro-descendant, je ne pouvais pas ne pas concourir. Mon projet s’appelle #Dialoguons, il s’agit d’une œuvre monumentale constituée de personnages en acier placés tout autour de de Pury pour l’interpeller. J’ai glissé une lettre dans mon dossier qui mentionne que rien que pour fabriquer l’objet coûte 63 000 francs et que leur budget n’était pas suffisant. »

      Au total, une enveloppe de 66 000 francs a été investie dans le cadre de cet appel à projets artistiques. Quatre projets ont été retenus mais seuls deux verront le jour. Les deux autres n’étaient techniquement pas réalisables. Le projet de #Nathan_Solioz_Ignis_Fatuus, (feu folet), une évocation en lumière des âmes des esclaves morts lors de la traversée forcée de l’Atlantique, sera réalisée au printemps prochain.

      Thomas Facchinetti, conseiller communal en charge de la culture, de l’intégration, de la cohésion sociale et responsable du dossier, précise que le vernissage des deux œuvres primées n’est pas l’unique réponse aux demandes des pétitionnaires.

      « La Ville a pris toute une liste de mesures. Un #parcours_pédagogique sur le passé colonial de la Ville est en cours d’élaboration, une exposition au Musée d’art et d’Histoire aborde ces sujets et des recherches historiques vont être réalisées. Il s’agit d’un engagement très conséquent. »

      Il rappelle que le monument réalisé par le sculpteur #David_d’Angers avait été financé à l’époque par de riches notables, alors que l’initiative actuelle se fait aux frais des contribuables.

      De Pury à Dakar

      Aujourd’hui, #Ousmane_Dia, le candidat déçu se dit surtout choqué par la #taille de l’oeuvre vernie. « J’ai beau retourner le sujet dans tous les sens je n’y vois qu’une interprétation : la statuette nous dit qu’on a tenté de renverser et d’enfoncer de Pury, mais la grande statue répond qu’il s’est relevé encore plus grand.

      Pour Martin Jakob, artiste et curateur au CAN Centre d’art Neuchâtel, membre du jury, le caractère non monumental de l’oeuvre retenue fait tout son sens. « Aucun travail artistique ne permet de panser toutes les plaies. Aujourd’hui, il n’est plus question de réaliser de statues comme à l’époque. D’ailleurs, quel que soit leur taille, ces œuvres d’art finissent par intégrer notre environnement quotidien et s’effacer de notre regard. l’important, c’est le débat qu’elles suscitent. »

      Le collectif pour la mémoire se dit « ravi » par la mise en place de Great in the concrete mais espère qu’un budget pourra être alloué pour concrétiser le projet de Ousmane Dia. « Malgré le fait que la statue soit toujours là et qu’il y aurait encore beaucoup à questionner sur l’acharnement à défendre ce personnage nous souhaitons plutôt se concentrer sur la mémoire de milliers de personnes réduites en esclavage. »

      La saga de Pury n’en est pas à son épilogue. A l’horizon 2028-2029, la place devrait être entièrement requalifiée, la statue pourrait être déplacée et son nom pourrait même être modifié. « Il s’agit d’un projet de plusieurs millions de francs.

      Avec l’enveloppe du pour-cent culturel, un concours artistique sera réalisé, son budget sera bien plus conséquent et permettra d’ériger une œuvre pérenne plus conséquente », précise Thomas Facchinetti. Quant à Ousmane Dia, il envisage de réaliser son projet à Dakar, en reproduisant une statue de David de Pury pour y intégrer son projet Dialoguons.

      https://lecourrier.ch/2022/10/30/place-pury-un-hommage-rate

    • La statue, l’esclavagiste et le #contre-monument contestés

      Fin décembre 2022, à Neuchâtel, une récente installation d’art contemporain, conçue comme réponse à la statue de l’esclavagiste David de Pury contestée en 2020 par des militants se revendiquant de « Black Lives Matter », a été à son tour maculée de peinture. Ce dispositif didactique et conceptuel déployé dans l’espace public, qui compte parmi les premiers adoptés en Europe pour réparer symboliquement les mémoires citoyennes blessées, est un contre-monument ironique, temporaire et anti-monumental.

      https://aoc.media/analyse/2023/02/07/la-statue-lesclavagiste-et-le-contre-monument-contestes

      et sur seenthis : https://seenthis.net/messages/989775