Ljubljana

Africa and Slovenia: A web of people and objects

  Metelkova 2     more than a year ago
[EXHIBITION HAS FINISHED]

This temporary exhibitions explores the connection between Slovenia and Africa in the 1970s and 1980s, primarily through the lens of the Slovenia's membership (and leading position as part of Yugoslavia) of the Non-Aligned Movement. Whereas other large European powers had long had a colonial connection with the lands beyond the borders of Europe, Yugoslavia's was one of mutual cooperation and development, with many Slovene entrepreneurs, businesses, journalists and cultural workers travelling to, as well as living and working in, Africa. In the exhibition, their stories are told both through text and large scale photographs (like Tito greeting Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie at Ljubljana Airport) as well as some items from the private collections of Slovenes who were active in Africa.

Likewise, during the same time period many Africans came to Slovenia to work or study, with some of them settling in the country permanently. Several of their stories are presented in more detail, including Dr Peter Bossman of Ghana, who became quite well-known internationally when he was first elected mayor of Piran in 2010, and Max Zimani of Zimbabwe, who first came to Slovenia in 1982 and now runs Skuhna, a restaurant and social enterprise encouraging the employment of migrants and bringing a much needed bit of flavour to Ljubljana culinary scene.

Open until 6 May 2018. Admission €4.50 adults, €2.50 students/children.
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