12th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art

Messy Glossary




Proposed by Rami Shalati

Originating during the period of colonialism, the Eurocentric worldview understands ideas, values, and ways of life that originated in European countries. Eurocentrism is more ideological than geographical, which is why it includes other Western countries, such as the USA or Canada. It values technological achievements and political systems considered “civilized” and “progressive.” Eurocentric actions are characterized by dominant, proselytizing, “correct,” or other behavior trying to change people and countries that are (presumably) living according to different value systems or social systems. Moreover, Eurocentrism describes the predominance of Western, white perspectives in science, politics, and economics.