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Afternoon in the Uganda Forest   2006

Installation view
Colonialism without Colonies? Relations between Tourism, Neo-Colonialism and Migration. Chapter 3: for example S, F, N, G, L, B, C - A Matter of Demarcation
Shedhalle Zürich

“We were driven by love of adventure.”
“It was really exciting to live in a culture that is so different.”
“You have to make things work under completely crazy conditions.”
“I really feel that I made a difference!”

Development workers have individual reasons for going out, individual ways of coping with the local situation and different strategies of communicating their experiences once they are back in a Danish context. The work of the Danish development NGOs and the governmental organisation for development aid DANIDA is of course focused on development work and also follow international trends.
But it also includes a more or less outspoken export of “Danish” cultural values and ideas to the partner-organisations in the developing countries. “Afternoon in the Uganda Forest” describes a fragment of the Danish/African relationship and, departing from a specific site in a suburb to Copenhagen, where the streets are named after African localities, literaly inscribing Africa in a Danish Geography.

Installation, 4 freestanding walls with paintings, 2 videos