The panel examines historical cases of the migration of images and knowledge across cultures and temporalities. Historian of architecture Anooradha Iyer Siddiqi draws attention to the static moments of mobile, material artifacts, when new conceptions are molded. Art historian Cécile Fromont suggests that the circulation of objects takes place in space and time, but also affects cosmological and spiritual meanings.
The move to diversify art historical narratives is often accompanied by a search for commonalities. Instead addressing a need to acknowledge radical difference and untranslatability, each presenter in this panel approached the question of the incommensurable, interrogating tensions between a global approach and site-specific study.
The discussion raises contemporary questions of restitution of cultural property taken during periods of colonial expansion.
In the keynote lecture, Zdenka Badovinac introduces her concept of the “sustainable museum,” and explores possible translocal approaches to exhibition practice from the so-called periphery, nevertheless situated within the neoliberal global network of art museums and biennials.