Decolonization of Knowledge : Contribution from South Africa and Brazil

Post Doctoral Fellow in Visual History and Theory at the Centre for Humanities Research (CHR) Flagship for Critical Thought in African Humanities, University of the Western Cape UWCT  Cape Town, South Africa founded by the National Research Foundation NRF/RISA.


The research project addresses the themes of restitution of African artifacts by European museum and the re-imagination of new museum in Africa, as a meaningful way of concrete decolonization, through the analyses of the situated African debate. The current iconoclastic movement as experienced in the African continent echoes a similar experience by the Indigenous people in Latin America, as part of my previous research, through a visual language analysis that questions the practice of memory and the definition of aesthetics from a southern perspective. Looking at restitution and museums it also focuses on the patronage behind African museums in the continent, and the geopolitics of finances related to the African art market. The research aims at rethinking knowledge regimes and the nature of the academic and cultural industry, in relation to the hegemonic understanding of knowledge and art market hierarchies and their particular location in the power structures. It does so by establishing a dialogue between art and cultural productions originate by southern artists and scholars in the South.



BUROCCO, L., 2021. CURA e Vozes Contra o Racismo: pratiche artistiche e curatoriali di Contro Colonizzazione dal Sud, Roots§Routes, Special Issue § Anche Le Statue Muoiono Anno XI, N°35, Gennaio -Aprile 2021;

BUROCCO, L., 2021. The Forest on the Walls. Notes on Indigenous Street Art, Nuart Journal, Issue V, The Writing's on the Wall, Expanded Issue Spring 2021, (accepted for publication).