Restitution and Return

The discussion raises contemporary questions of restitution of cultural property taken during periods of colonial expansion. Curator Sean Anderson discusses the challenges of the repatriation of monuments and the protocols of repair; artist Kader Attia explores models of repair that do not aspire to erase the inherent injury but rather embody new forms of resistance; and professor of philosophy Souleymane Bachir Diagne addresses the translation of objects from objects of ethnographic curiosity to artworks and how a material return can occasion resocialization and transformation.

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