12th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art

Messy Glossary

Term

Desertification

Texts

Proposed by Samira Ghoualmia (Glossary – Open Secret)

 

Contrary to white imaginations of a vast no man’s lands, deserts are culturally vivid areas. Still, waves of (neo-) colonialism keep flooding these drylands, destroying local communities, the soil nurturing them, sucking it dry, and forcing them to migrate. Desertification is a devastating consequence of human caused climate change. As Frantz Fanon reminds us, the wretched earth could drown in Colonialism, Racism, and Violence. This is no metaphor. Neither is desertification.