MONOCULTURE – BANDUNG

Bandung

Ensemble

On April 18-24, 1955, leaders from twenty-nine Asian and African countries, most of which were newly independent, gathered in Bandung, Indonesia, for the first large-scale Asian-African Conference, also known as the Bandung Conference. The key organisers of the meeting included Indonesia, India, Pakistan, Burma, and Ceylon (Sri Lanka). The participants of the conference aimed to promote Afro-Asian solidarity against any form of colonialism and neo-colonialism, as well as to foster economic and cultural cooperation in the regions. The book by African-American writer Richard Wright (1908-1960) is a first-hand account of the conference.

Text on back of the press photo reads: “Bandung, Indonesia: Who’s going to get whose goat first is one of the questions in the air as delegates assemble for Asian-African Conference at Bandung, Indonesia. The problem doesn’t seem to concern this Billy goat nonchalantly nibbling the posies in front of the flag-arrayed committee conference building, where the Communist and pro-Western delegates get down to talks April 18th”. 

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