Alles over kunst

Guest Editor

Hamedine Kane invites Seloua Luste Boulbina

From Europe to Africa and Back
Seloua Luste  Boulbina

GLEAN invited artist Hamedine Kane to contribute to this issue as a Guest Editor, inviting two writers and introducing the work of a fellow artist. Kane invited French philosopher and theorist of decolonisation Seloua Luste Boulbina.

Not all migrants are alike: they are not a shapeless, homogeneous mass. Even if most of the migrants who have left their country are unable to come and go as they please, mainly for financial reasons, some of them, who are better-established in Europe, choose to return regularly to their country of origin, maintaining links with the places they have left behind. 

This is particularly true of artists from Africa. Not because their returns are comfortable. Rather, they seem to be expressing a kind of need not to lose themselves by ‘abandoning’ the land of their birth. However, this need, w…

Michael Armitage, Pathos and the twilight of the idle, 2019, courtesy of the artist and Los Angeles County Museum of Art, purchased with funds provided by Paul Attanasio, © Michael Armitage, Kunsthaus Bregenz, photo Markus Tretter