“Europe is incapable of solving the two major problems to which its existence has given rise: the problem of the proletariat and the colonial problem. So unless Europe undertakes on its own initiative a new policy founded on respect for peoples and cultures, Europe will have deprived itself of its last chance with its own hands drawn up over itself to lift the pall of mortal darkness.”
Aimé Césaire, “Discourse on Colonialism” (1950), as cited in Bouchra Khalili’s The Speeches Series, Chapter 1: Mother Tongue
Bouchra Khalili’s first solo exhibition in Austria showcases the Moroccan-French artist’s video trilogy The Speeches Series (2012–13), a selection from the mixed media installation Foreign Office (2015), and The Tempest Society (2017), a 60 minutes film premiered at documenta 14 in Athens and Kassel. The history of international solidarity forms the narrative theme running through the exhibition, with a particular emphasis on anti-colonialism and international revolutionary liberation movements that sought to strengthen socially marginalized groups and bring about their emancipation.