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Javi Álvarez for L’Internationale dialogues

In the past five years, L’Internationale, a European museum confederation, has been investigating the instability of the current geopolitical and ecological configuration of the contemporary world, hoping to activate the value of culture and international collaboration as a means of potential resistance.

The Uses of Art — The Legacy of 1848 and 1989, culminated throughout 2017 with a series of Dialogues that invited leading thinkers, artists, activists and cultural workers to address our current global predicaments. L’Internationale Dialogues interrogated, debated, and posited new futures for the museum’s place in the world.

Participants debated four theoretical strands: Who is speaking? Representation and non-representation in (art) policies today; What is right? Populism in an era of post-truth; What needs to change? Transformations and institutions’ futures; Where is the South? Knowledge and epistemology from the Global South.

Participants include Azra Akšamija, Yolanda Álvarez, Refik Anadol, Zdenka Badovinac, Paola Bacchetta, Manuel-Borja Villel, Jesús Carrillo, Bart De Baere, Aslıhan Demirtaş, Fran Edgerley, Didier Eribon, Charles Esche, Annie Fletcher, Patrick Flores, Amy Franceschini, Marina Garcés, Quinsy Gario, Baltasar Garzón, Jusuf Hadžifejzović, Alistair Hudson, Kenric McDowell, Chantal Mouffe, Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui, Steven ten Thije, Eyal Weizman, Manuel M. Vergara Céspedes, and Françoise Vergès.

The Dialogues are built on many remarkable histories and imagined futures. Now it is time to discuss how to use them.

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With the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union.

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