DCNtR Decolonizing Collections – Networking towards Relationality Decolonizing – This blog is aimed at decentering the debate on colonial and ethnographic collections, archives, and museums. Its goal is to rethink colonial knowledges and dominant epistemic practices in an attempt to undo them. We seek to destabilize center-periphery divisions by providing a platform for diverse voices […]
The Dangers of a Comfortable Debate
A Review of Across Anthropology. Troubling Colonial Legacies, Museums, and the Curatorial by Margareta von Oswald and Jonas Tinius
I was excited when I first read the announcement for the publication of Margareta von Oswald’s and Jonas Tinius’ edited volume Across Anthropology. Troubling Colonial Legacies, Museums, and the Curatorial. The long list of contributors, ranging from influential voices in the debate on ethnographic museums to positions from art and activism, promised a thorough discussion […]
Ringen um Rückgabe
Frühe Forderungen der Maori nach Restitution und Repatriierung, 1945-1947
Currently, this contribution exists only in the German version, translation under way.
VOM LESEN IM MUSEUM
HIER UND JETZT im Museum Ludwig. Dynamische Räume 6. Juni - 30. August 2020
This review is currently only available in German.
To restore = to connect, to live
Felwine Sarr's cosmopolitan thinking
« Habiter ce monde, c’est partir d’un lieu certes, un lieu-matrice, mais dont on apprend à se déprendre pour l’articuler à d’autres lieux. » (Felwine Sarr, Habiter le monde, p. 42) “To live in this world is to start from a place, a place-matrix, but one that you learn to unlearn to articulate it to other places. […]
The Puzzle of the Postcolonial Purse
Handbags outside of the Western canon
Since the writing of this piece, the Amsterdam Museum of Bags and Purses has sadly been forced to close due to financial pressures exacerbated by the current crisis. This is a difficult time for all heritage organisations, and smaller institutions are always the most at risk. The closing of the Museum of Bags and Purses […]
Guadeloupe’s Slavery Museum and the Struggle over Identity in the French Caribbean
This building is a statement. When you enter the port of Pointe-à-Pitre, the capital of the Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe, you do not see an imposing cathedral, a government palace or a stadium. What catches your eye is a museum. A modern structure, covered with a metallic grid evoking tropical trees’ aerial roots, stretching for […]
We talk, you listen!
Currently, this contribution exists only in German, translation to follow. Francis La Flesche, 1857-1932. This photograph is available courtesy of the National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution (Photograph 4504).
What does the future hold for ethnographic museums?
An interview with Nelson Adebo Abiti
The following Interview with Nelson Adebo Abiti was conducted in Cologne during the conference “Museum Collections in Motion: Colonial and Postcolonial Encounters” in July 2019, where artists, curators, experts, young researchers and scholars from around the world came together to speak about the need to decolonize museums and to find new forms of cooperation. It […]
Territory Dress 2019
A Film by Susan Stockwell
Territory Dress 2019 is a digital film by Susan Stockwell. The film explores the sculpture ‘Territory Dress’ and juxtaposes it with archival film of past seafaring imagery. It is as if the figure is remembering her history and making imaginary connections. Concerned with claiming female territory, mapping the body and exploring memories, traces and stories […]
Tervuren invisible (2007) is a videowork based on a critical interview with the Congolese painter Francis Mampuya. This interview was done in 2007 in Belgium, while Mampuya was there for a solo-exhibition in the framework of the Belgo-Congolese cultural project Yambi. This video is part of “ôtre k’ ôtre”, a video-installation by Kristin Rogghe & […]