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Taking the theorist, educator, and decolonial thinker Ivan Illich’s seminal book Deschooling Society (1971) as a point of departure, THE EDUCATIONAL WEB aims to generate a dialogue between art and the educational and pedagogic practices that underpin it.

THE EDUCATIONAL WEB was an exhibition that took place at the Kunstverein in Hamburg between 1 April–6 August 2023. This project brought together the work of eight schools, educational organisations, and independent study programmes which define themselves as alternatives to the traditional “art academy”. Over the course of the exhibition, Afterall ArtSchool initiated a series of online interviews and a growing library physically present at the Kunstverein. These conversations involves practitioners thinking through three different strands: education as learning together, problematising the decolonial institution, and studying in the shadows.

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