Dashkova Centre

Red Africa Festival - ‘Things Fall Apart’ Exhibition: Presentation by Curator Mark Nash

Curated by Mark Nash, "Things Fall Apart" gathers the responses of contemporary artists to different aspects of Soviet and related nations’ interests in Africa, particularly focused on ambitions to influence the development of political structures through film and art.

“Things Fall Apart” is a collaboration with Iwalewahaus, University of Bayreuth. The exhibition takes its title from Chinua Achebe’s 1958 classic of post-colonial fiction, seen by many as the archetypal modern African novel in English, which reflects on the devastating impact of colonialism in Africa. The exhibition uses this association to focus on a similar loss of utopian perspective following the end of the cold war and collapse of the Soviet Union and eastern bloc.

Mark Nash’s presentation is accompanied by screening of Abderrahmane Sissako’s “October” (1993), a near-silent black-and-white film that tells the story of Idrissa, an African student, and Irina, his Russian girlfriend, and depicts the difficulties of forming a relationship across the racial and cultural divides of the 1980s, between Mali and Moscow.

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Red Africa Festival - ‘Things Fall Apart’ Exhibition: Presentation by Curator Mark Nash

The Princess Dashkova Russian Centre is delighted to invite the scholar of art and film Mark Nash to present Calvert 22’s London-based exhibition "Things Fall Apart".

Project Room (1.06)
50 George Square
Edinburgh
EH8 9JU