Oxalá is a marvellous migratory word taking Insha’Allah into the Portuguese language. The word Oxalá, which stems from centuries of integration, expresses a sense of the horizon, of becoming, and of a future under construction.
With this exhibition, the time has come for a muchneeded reflection, that of an inclusive Europe. The museum wants to integrate citizens with a different ethnic or religious background and and contribute to a more cohesive society by bringing the debate on the decolonisation of Europe. This creative project breaks stereotypes and questions the concept of identity.
Europa Oxalá @ AfricaMuseum
Since its reopening in 2018, the AfricaMuseum aims to be a dynamic platform for interrelation and dialogue. The nerve-wracking pressure which moves millions of people to migrate as well as the consequences of globalisation that are reshaped in a quite innovative and sometimes even radical debate about identity, are extremely important issues in this specific dialogue.
We can definitely learn a lot from each other, especially from those who arrived in a cherished Europe laden with hope – Oxalá – as well as with uncertainties and doubts.
António Pinto Ribeiro, curator of the exhibition
With a degree in Philosophy and a PhD in Cultural Studies, António Pinto Ribeiro’s professional activity is rooted in cultural programming and research. He has been the artistic director of Culturgest since its inception (1993-2004), and director of artistic programmes at the Fondation Calouste Gulbenkian (2004-2015), including the Gulbenkian Próximo Futuro (Next Future) project, which is dedicated to the arts and cultures of the Global South. Curator of a number of international exhibitions, he was also general curator of “Lisbon, Ibero-American Capital of Culture 2017”. His main research interests are linked to the field of contemporary art and culture, with a particular focus on African and South American arts and cultures. He contributes to a large number of international publications. Currently, he is a researcher at the Centre for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra, in the team of the ERC project MEMOIRS – Children of Empires and European Postmemories and serves as an international arts programmer. His most recent publications are África, os quatro rios (2017), Peut-on Décoloniser les musées ? (2019), Novo Mundo – Arte Contemporânea no Tempo da Pós-Memória (2021).