The Cosmogony of (Racial) Capitalism
Dele Adeyemo + Christxpher Oliver (2020), 14'
Through the media of essay, film, and drawing, The Cosmogony of (Racial) Capitalism is a design-led investigation into the material cultures present at the birth of capitalism and its emergence out of the relations of power forged in the integrated network of the sugar-cane plantation.
Taking as its point of departure the meeting between the Portuguese and the Edo people in the Kingdom of Benin, a leading society in the Yoruba-Edo region of West Africa, Dele Adeyemo recovers long-neglected histories that narrate the extension of the Mediterranean world to the Guinea Coast.
By revisiting the cartographic practices of these European and African societies, Dele Adeyemo explores the initial conditions in which global capitalism coalesced into being.