The Color Curtain and the Promise of Bandung

A series of roundtables reappraising Asian-African political imagination

Thursday, 11 November, 17h (CET)

with Noor Abuarafeh & Lara Khaldi, and Elizabeth Asafo-Adjei

hosted by Shabbir Hussain Mustafa

Noor Abuarafeh Lara Khaldi

Letters to a Museum

In a lecture-performance, Noor Abuarafeh and Lara Khaldi chronicle their search of a painting of the Bandung Conference (1955) by the Egyptian painter Abdel Hadi El-Gazar. They follow the traces of this piece which they heard rumors about, but never saw a visual representation of. Writing letters to each other, they discuss the invisible painting in relation to museums in Palestine and how, when looking through the narrow lens of the state in relation to representation, objects start to disappear.

Elizabeth Asafo-Adjei

The art of giving: Kofi Antubam’s introduction of Ghana through diplomatic gifts

Prior to the Ghanaian independence, state gifts did not embody character and/or identity – it was a trait that developed afterwards. Kofi Antubam, as a member of the Protocol Team, creatively infused Ghanaian traditional life and symbols (Adinkra) into the designing of these gifts, as a way to strengthen the bond between Ghana and other nations. When presented, the gifts were accompanied by a brochure in which Antubam provided an interpretation of these symbols.