The project “Remapping Zurich” offers an alternative guide for Zurich. This digital platform proposes a decolonial memory culture of the city, enabling people to engage with different layers of (neo)colonialism, racism as well as with actions of resistance to various oppressive structures and possible practices of decoloniality. It offers historic context as well as decolonial and anti-racist strategies, that were developed as an alternative response to ongoing colonial and racist remnants in the city of Zurich.
The project is a collaboration between Colombian artist María Ordoñez and the collective Decolonize Zurich. As a baseline we asked ourselves the question: How can we decolonize public spaces and propose new strategies for exposing, questioning and understanding Swiss colonial entanglements? What stories are (made) (in)visible in the public space?
This repository of stories, experiences and actions results from five workshops that took place from August 2021 until February 2022. It brings together the collected knowledge, multiple exchanges with participants, and diverse methodologies and theories. We invite you to freely explore this platform, make new connections and maybe disconnect from ingrained ways of perceiving the city. Most importantly, we hope you dare to imagine new decolonial ways of (inter)acting.
- How can we build an anti-colonial /decolonial memory culture?
- How can we show the different layers of colonialism and racism?
- How can we disrupt the visible marks of colonialism and racisms?
- How can we connect with the histories beyond the Swiss borders?