Oct 21-24, 2020. Conference “Decolonizing Museum Cultures and Collections: Mapping Theory and Practice in East-Central Europe.” Online. https://decolonizingmuseums.pl/

Paper delivered at the panel “Critical Curating 1: Acting Locally” chaired by Alexandra Oancă. The conference was organized by the EU research project ECHOES: European Colonial Heritage Modalities in Entangled Cities http://projectechoes.eu/

ABSTRACT:

Can a curatorial reuse of a well-solidified piece of cultural heritage reveal the work’s critical potential to address the concerns East-Central European societies are facing today? To which extent can postcolonial and postcommunist experiences meet when faced with issues of race and identity? This presentation will address these question on the base of Halka/Haiti: 18°48’05″N 72°23’01″W, a project the author curated for the Polish Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale, in 2015. The project probed the relevance of 19th-century European artistic forms for the representation of national identities in a complex postcolonial context.

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