Dear readers, supporters, contributors and friends of EVC,
The start of documenta fifteen on 18 June was overshadowed by a scandal. A group of artists presented a huge work with anti-Semitic imagery in the heart of the city. In our view, to remove this work was the only and right way. (For more details, please click on this Link.)
Beyond this conflict, however, is a larger and deeper one: the conflict between the ‘documenta format’ deeply rooted in the European tradition on the one hand, and concepts of art and curating that stem from the global South. This conflict, which is now erupting behind the accusation of anti-Semitism, is currently being discussed intensively in German media. That this conflict is being discussed now is good and more than important.
The conflict can also demonstrate how relevant EVC is, a project that is located precisely at the interface between the different traditions and concepts in the field of art education.
This is another reason why we look forward to further collaboration, within the framework of documenta fifteen and beyond.
Ernst and Rosa
on behalf of the EVC team