Margaret Tali is an art historian, theorist, and curator who works as a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Art History and Visual Culture in the Estonian Academy of Arts and shares her time between Rotterdam and Tallinn. Her research interests involve politics of memory, curating difficult histories, decolonial debates, migration, and nationalism. She is the author of Absence and Difficult Knowledge in Contemporary Art Museums (Routledge, 2017) and coeditor, with Tanel Rander, of Archives and Disobedience. Changing Tactics of Visual Culture in Eastern Europe (Estonian Academy of Arts Press, 2016).
This essay revisits the starting points of the project Communicating Difficult Pasts, which was initiated in 2018 while searching for new ways to artistically and curatorially explore the twentieth-century history of the Baltic region and its ongoing impact.