Edited by Elvira Dyangani Ose
Design by Leon & Chris
2015, English, softcover
260 pages, 17 x 24 cm
This book examines ways in which systems of power have used tactics of amnesic oblivion and silence as a political strategy. It does so through the work of artists who interfere with history-making by rescuing events and their protagonists from historical oblivion and who seek to open up readings of contemporary history. Moreover, A Story Within a Story explores history as a radical act by focusing on socially engaged projects that interrogate notions of collective memory and publicness from transnational and transhistorical perspectives.
Published in conjunction with Göteborg Art Biennale 2015 in Gothenburg, Sweden. The Biennale took the notion of the ‘open work’ as both a conceptual backdrop and curatorial methodology, questioning the structure of biennials themselves as systems of power and proposing instead to engage with a “series of acts of conscious freedom.” This project invited artists, thinkers and cultural producers, together with members of civil society and public authority – from Scandinavia and across the globe – to partake in various initiatives enquiring into the meaning and production of history.