The Little Book of Big Visions:
How to be an Artist and Revolutionize the World
Sandrine Micossé-Aikins and Sharon Dodua Otoo (eds.) (edition assemblage, 2012)
Black artists in Germany find themselves – necessarily – in a position in which subversiveness and resistance – implicit and explicit – become essential strategies to be used in their work if they wish to survive in this predominantly white context. However, after resistance is no longer necessary, what could be the vision then? And what is the central role of the artist in shaping or creating these visions?
This book contributes to the discourse firstly by providing a contextual discussion of the current situation of Black artists in Germany, and secondly, by reflecting on the question of how contemporary Black artists in Germany create and convey visions of equality. The methods used to engage with these ideas, concepts and questions are partly in written form (fiction and non-fiction), and partly in visual form. This results in an innovative work focusing on the visions of Black artists in Germany.
“The Little Book of Big Visions: How to be an Artist and Revolutionize the World” is aimed primarily at Black cultural producers living and working in Germany as well as those who reside in English-speaking contexts throughout Europe, UK, US and beyond. However, this book is also aimed at everyone who has an interest in ensuring that the contemporary art scene in Germany finally begins to be truly reflective of its actual and future population.