The Transperiphery Movement: Global Eastern Europe and Global South (An archival and contemporary art exhibition at OFF-Biennale Budapest)

The paper introduces the concept of our research exhibition, which includes archival materials and contemporary works of art—film and photography—to be presented at the third edition of OFF-Biennale Budapest in spring 2021. The OFF-Biennale Budapest is part of the East Europe Biennial Alliance of contemporary art biennials based in Budapest, Prague, Warsaw, and Kyiv. The exhibition looks at the historical relationships and parallels between the global periphery (Global South) and semiperiphery (Eastern Europe) during the 20th century through the concepts of coloniality, peripherality, and migration in a multi-focal perspective. Can Hungarian settlers in Latin America, Cuban migrant workers in Hungary, and Afro-Asian students in Eastern Europe have a common history? How did people in these regions, seemingly divided by various boundaries, perceive, interact with and shape each other? Is there a shared colonial history of Eastern Europe and the Global South? The decolonialist agenda of the Transperiphery Movement is to question and decenter history dominated by the global center from the perspective of the global peripheries, by recentering peripheral positions and their interperipheral relations. It seeks to understand the global history of Eastern Europe and the Global South through their shared peripheral experiences: dependency on the center, relation to coloniality, as well as emigration and being afar. The exhibition aims to transform our spatial understanding of the world through re-learning history in translative movement between peripheralized positions to uncover their transformative interconnections.

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