Climate, Capital, and Colonialism: A Congolese Perspective

Voelcker, Becca. 2023. Climate, Capital, and Colonialism: A Congolese Perspective. Journal of Climate Resilience & Climate Justice, 1, pp. 55-65. ISSN 2832-4641 [Article]

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How do global inequities inherited from the past continue to profit some people and devastate the lives and lands of others? How is the contemporary physical environment suffused with traces of colonialism and how do its infrastructures accommodate neocolonial practices of extractive capitalism? What can artists, designers, and architects do to expose injustice and call for structural change? These are some of the questions the Congolese artist Sammy Baloji discusses with Dr. Becca Voelcker in a critical conversation about climate resilience and justice that considers colonial history and our extractive capitalist present.

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Dr. Becca Voelcker is a Lecturer in the Art Department of Goldsmiths, University of London, and a researcher at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London where she works on the project “Architecture after Architecture: Spatial Practice in the Face of the Climate Emergency.” This article was produced as part of that project, and the author wishes to thank her colleagues for their encouragement and feedback. The project is funded by the British Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC AH/ V003283/1) and the German Research Foundation (DFG448472648).


climate, colonialism, capitalism, history, DRC, Africa, Belgium, contemporary art, extractivism, neocolonialism

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8 February 2023Accepted
9 September 2023Published

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06 Nov 2023 16:42

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06 Nov 2023 16:49

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