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Über diesen Blog
DCNtR Decolonizing Collections – Networking towards Relationality Decolonizing – Dieser Blog möchte einen Beitrag zur Dezentrierung der Debatte über koloniale und ethnographische Sammlungen, Archive und Museen leisten. Unser Ziel ist es, koloniales Wissen und vorherrschende epistemische Praktiken kritisch zu reflektieren, auch in unserer eigenen Praxis zu überwinden und damit zugleich die hierarchischen Trennungen zwischen Zentrum […]

A Response to Horst Bredekamp
In an op-ed entitled “Fanatics of Purity”, published on March 8 in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), the prominent art historian Horst Bredekamp — a founding director of the Humboldt Forum, and a director of the international research group of which I am a member – declares “postcolonialism” and “political correctness” to be nothing less […]

Present Imperfect, Future Intense:
The Digital Opening of the Humboldt Forum
On December 16, 2020, the Humboldt Forum—a major cultural centre in the middle of Berlin—officially opened. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the opening took place online and consisted of two events: a press conference and an opening ceremony. Ambitious and expensive, the Humboldt Forum has been fraught with controversy ever since it was conceived. And […]

The Musée du Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac
A place to forge new connections to the objects
Interview[1] with Emmanuel Kasarhérou. “When it comes to creating exhibitions, a museum constructs certain approaches, it looks at areas, some of which don’t lead anywhere, it explores them nonetheless. That’s the role of the institution, so let’s explore now”. The new director of the Quai Branly Museum Jacque Chirac, discusses his research design with Bernard […]

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
Return Of Maori Chiefs‘ Bodies From Vienna Sought In Petition, in: Southern Cross, 17.08.1946 „Now that Vienna has fallen we your humble petitioners humbly pray that you honorable house will take steps to have restitution made on behalf of the Maori people by taking steps to have the whole of the Collection herein referred to […]

VOM LESEN IM MUSEUM
HIER UND JETZT im Museum Ludwig. Dynamische Räume 6. Juni - 30. August 2020
Es ist für Kulturinstitutionen in Mode, sich kraft antirassistischer Sonderausstellungen inmitten derzeitiger Frontverläufe postkolonialer Diskurse zu positionieren. Das Museum Ludwig lädt seinerseits mit Contemporary and (C&) ein Kunstmagazin ein, das zum Schaffen von Künstler*innen der globalen Diaspora publiziert. Dass ein Leseraum mit allerlei Titeln zur kolonialen Geschichte und Gegenwart Mittelpunkt der Ausstellung ist, scheint bei […]

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
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 […]

Re-Colonizing Memory
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!
Anregungen zu einer Diskussion über Möglichkeiten und Grenzen der Zusammenarbeit mit Stakeholdern aus Herkunftsgesellschaften
Ilja Labischinski, Provenienzforscher bei den Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin, schildert im folgenden Text seine Erfahrungen aus der Zusammenarbeit mit dem Nebraska Indian Community College anlässlich der Vorbereitungen für eine Ausstellung im Humboldt Forum in Berlin. Er endet mit zehn Fragen zu Möglichkeiten und Grenzen der Kooperation mit Stakeholdern aus den Herkunftsstaaten und -gesellschaften der musealisierten […]