Friday, 20 April 2018

"And then... fine day the bourgeoisie is awakened by a terrific reverse shock: the gestapos are busy, the prisons fill up, the torturers around the racks invent, refine, discuss.
    People are surprised, they become indignant. They say: “How strange! But never mind — it’s Nazism, it will pass!” And they wait, and they hope; and they hide the truth from themselves, that it is barbarism, but the supreme barbarism, the crowning barbarism that sums up all the daily barbarisms; that it is Nazism, yes, but that before they were its victims, they were its accomplices; that they tolerated that Nazism before it was inflicted on them, that they absolved it, shut their eyes to it, legitimized it, because, until then, it had been applied only to non-European peoples; that they have cultivated that Nazism, that they are responsible for it."

Notes: The extract is drawn from the english edition of "Discours sur le colonialisme" (1955) by French poet, author and politician Aimé Césaire. / The neon installation is by the contemporary Italian artist Maurizio Nannucci, found in the garden of the Guggenheim Museum in Venice. 

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