Practice English Speaking&Listening with: Nucleus of Capital at POST Nijmegen

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hey there welcome at post we would be thrilled to be seeing you here today tomorrow however

unfortunately due to lockdown still we need to keep our doors closed

a little bit longer please check out our website and keep posted with our social media

for when we will be opening again and for our online program

for now we have a few clips of the first show nucleus of capital with work of Nina Stttrup

Larsen and which is curated by anna bitkina that's it for now and we hope to see you soon keep posted

the exhibition nucleus of capital is about postcolonial conditions of contemporary europe

and the relation of european union states with their former colonies amsterdam-based artist

nina stttrup larsen is dealing with this matter by researching the cfa franc the official currency

of 14 states in west and central africa also known as the territory of the former french colonies

i've been investigating the the cfa franc zone and its connections to the european and

french in particular managerial apparatus i've been working with diagrams a lot of text that

draws lines between all of these different institutions

the exhibition brings into public discourse processes by which

the french and the eu economy is still disrupting the independence of the 14 states in the cfa zone

what is also important to mention in reference to the nucleus of capital exhibition is the concept

of eurafrica which is closely connected to the early history of european integration

in her research nina revisits or rather excavates eurafrica from the institutional history of

the european union this political project was developed in the early 1920s and aimed at more

effective management of the european colonies in the african continent during the process of

decolonization this concept was largely forgotten and sort of erased or edited out of the eu history

in her new video work the card depressed the punch which nina produced specifically for the

nucleus of capital exhibition she is working with the visuality and material history of cfa franc

banknotes she is inviting us to have a closer look at the engraved into the surface of the paper

icons and motifs that hold many political and historical features

in the video the camera zooms in on the patterns engraved into the banknotes and depicts an

abstraction of uranium mines or the oil drilling and timber industry or coffee farming

a line is created from carving

engraving a line is a precise incision

it is scratching cutting removing and excavating matter before applying ink

then pressure is applied sustained extended for the ink to settle and harden

the video zooms in on the materiality of the banknotes where you get to see the engravers lines

cut into the paper we talk about the printer applying pressure onto this paper and in this

in engraved cartography this is where we find the eurafrican landscape so the

euroafrica that kind of disappeared from the official european narrative

the cartography of that is what we find deeply ingrained in the paper of the banknote

even after the process of decolonization in the 50s and 60s france has continued to manage and

govern monetary processes in the region until today in this project the banknote really serves

as a visual nucleus in the invisible hidden or rather abstract economic power construct

the exhibition presents an impressive set of archival documents and case studies different

formats of prints and a rich set of research material including images maps and diagrams

another thing that i've been doing is that i've collected

almost all the issued banknotes from the series of the cfa franc from 1945 until now

because i think it's important that we can see them together

i'm interested in the visuality of them but i'm also interested in another way of seeing them

the banknotes become both agent and evidence in this geopolitical construct

where for instance the production in 2002 of the 20 euro banknotes

stopped the production of the cfa franc which meant that banknotes were not delivered to

six african states and that blocked the flow of markets simply because banknotes need to be

replaced and this did not happen these banknotes are produced in the same print facility and let's

say european states prioritized to print the euro instead of producing the cfa franc

what is also interesting about the exhibition is a preposition which

the artist comes up with she's suggesting a new possibility of numismatic practice

which is focusing on the banknote as an object as a witness and as a central piece

of evidence for the eurafrican motivation in contemporary european infrastructures

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