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.
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.
A key contradiction of globalization is its facilitation of the movement of goods while the movement of people is increasingly restricted. Furthering this tendency, biometric technologies have expanded the traditional notion of the border, regulating the circulation of gendered, racialized, and classed bodies.
How to raise awareness of the most recent refugee crisis in the Mediterranean in a way that does not spectacularize human suffering? Beginning with Bouchra Khalili’sThe Mapping Journey Project, this essay addresses how the present crisis has manifested as image and has made its way, across a variety of methodological and ethical approaches, into works of…