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28.6.2014 | Haus am Waldsee, Berlin

Crawling Doubles. Colonial Collecting and Affect: Channels through the Institution – Undermining the colonial legacy of museums and expositions

Panel discussion with Guillaume Désanges/Michel Franois, Yvette Mutumba, and Nadine Siegert/Sam Hopkins

Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc in collaboration with Lotte Arndt and Catalina Lozano

In the past decades, the colonial legacy of museums and expositions has been increasingly questioned in search for approaches that allow us to overcome the inherited structures of colonial collecting and the remnants of exoticist displays. This panel focuses on strategies for the dismantling of Eurocentric and colonial collections and displays. It brings together artistic projects and curatorial interventions engaged in undermining the universalist ambitions of world exhibitions, proposing to mash up the archive of the Iwalewa-Haus, and working on the foundations of a post-ethnographic museum in Frankfurt/Main.

Crawling Doubles. Colonial Collecting and Affect is a series of four discursive events organized in the framework of Abonnenc’s project. The highly contested ground of colonial collections calls for a continued examination beyond disciplinary borders. The four sessions will address a series of questions in order to sharpen analytical tools by fostering critical conversations between artists, researchers, activists, and cultural theorists.