What might we mean by monoculture? What is the impetus for ‘identitarian’ or nationalistic monoculture movements who do not see, or wish, their society to be pluralistic, not just in the context of Europe but globally? Might we locate positive or even emancipatory aspirations of monoculture? Might a culturally homogeneous society also be inclusive and transformational? What lies at the fringes of monoculture, and what does it not tolerate? What may be the position of the arts within the context of monocultural ideology? Or alternatively, how might the arts look under monocultural ideology when taken to its logical conclusion?

MONOCULTURE – MIGRATIE

Berger mohr scan: (c) M HKA, Published by The Viking Press
John Berger and Jean Mohr, "A Seventh Man: Migrant Workers in Europe", 1975
Book , 20,3 x 13,5 x 2,3 cm

At the time of the book's publication in 1975, one manual worker in seven in the UK and Germany was of migrant background. Across Western Europe, migrants were invited to undertake some of the most difficult and least desirable jobs. A Seventh Man brings together texts by John Berger and photos by Jean Mohr. It paints an empathetic portrait of the migrant worker in Western Europe. Berger and Mohr examine the material conditions and inner experiences of migrant workers, revealing how they do not live in the margins of modern society but actually right in the middle of it.