Jochen Becker speaks of the long-standing relationship between China and Africa, which he refers to as Chinafrica, challenging the preconceived notion that the trade links between China and Africa are a new phenomenon. As artistic examples for a contemporary notion of Chinafrica, he discusses the work of Sammy Baloji, Elke Marhöfer, Paolo Woods, and Michael MacGarry.
China • Africa • Chinafrica • The bilateral relationship between China and Africa • Arnold Meek • Haus der Kulturen der Welt • Global Prayers Project • Africans travelling to China to buy goods • Expand…
China • Africa • Chinafrica • The bilateral relationship between China and Africa • Arnold Meek • Haus der Kulturen der Welt • Global Prayers Project • Africans travelling to China to buy goods • Chinese with African background • The China-Africa connection undermines the France-Africa one • Different African national approaches to China • African nation states, private companies, and individual entrepreneurs compete and collaborate when dealing with China • Chinafrica dates back to the 14th and 15th centuries • The Soviet Union and China compete for Africa in the 60s and 70s • China helps build African infrastructure • Building the railroads • The image of Africa in the Chinese media during the 70s • Cooperation, not help • Co-revolutionary aim • Renewed Chinese interest in Africa is economically led • The exploitation of the copper belt • Congolese artist Sammy Baloji • Decolonisation • Hong Kong • Artist Elke Marhöfer • The fast-paced change of Lagos, Nigeria, due to Chinese influence • Artist Paolo Woods • Fantasies of colonialism • Artist Michael MacGarry • Chocolate City
Jochen Becker, author, lecturer, and curator based in Berlin and Stockholm. He is a founding member of metroZones – Center for Urban Affairs Expand…
Jochen Becker, author, lecturer, and curator based in Berlin and Stockholm. He is a founding member of metroZones – Center for Urban Affairs and has edited several books, including BIGNES? (2001), Kabul/Teheran 1979ff (2006), and Urban Prayers (2011). He has (co)curated exhibitions such as TheUrban Cultures of Global Prayers (2012/13, nGbK Berlin, Camera Austria, Graz) and Self Made Urbanism Rome (2013, nGbK Berlin; 2014, Rome). He was artistic director of the Global Prayers Project at Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin. In 2014, he began teaching in the postgraduate Art & Architecture programme at the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm.