Affective Communities and the Cold War
28 x 23 cm | 11 x 9 in
110 ills | 192 pages
Editor Mark Nash
Across a series of essays and artist contributions, Red Africa: Affective Communities and the Cold War explores the crosscurrents of international solidarity and friendship.
It is now over 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, the fragmentation of the Soviet Union into a series of republics and the rejection of communist politics in much of the former Eastern Bloc. Seen by many as a victory for the capitalist West over the communist East, the geopolitics of this period were far more complicated than this.
Red Africa is the culmination of a two-year research programme and exhibition project at Calvert 22, London, and Iwalewa House, Bayreuth. This traced the work of African artists and filmmakers who studied in the Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc under free education schemes originally offered under the Third International. Connections were particularly strong with countries such as Mozambique, Ghana, Ethiopia and Angola that were conducting libertarian struggles, or which, post-independence, were part of the Non-Aligned Movement, which held its first Summit conference in Belgrade in 1961.