Collecting objects was a frequent practice among European colonial states in their occupied territories. From the second half of the nineteenth century, colonial powers encouraged their citizens in the colonies to collect objects that would enrich the ethnographical collections of the mother country and document the material culture of societies that – under the influence of colonialization – were undergoing rapid change. The objects collected ended up in countless European museums or in the hands of private collectors. Their presence in these collections raises epistemological, museographical and ethical questions in urgent need of consideration.

This publication, the fruit of a series of round tables held in 2014 during the 8th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, raises these problematic issues with contributions from scholars, artists and international exhibition curators.

This book is published with the support of Centre national des arts plastiques, of the Bielefelder Kunstverein (with the support of the Bureau des arts plastiques / Institut français avec la collaboration du ministère de la Culture et de la Communication / DGCA), the Galeries Lafayette group and the 8th Berlin Biennale. This book is published in partnership with the Centre d’art contemporain de la Ferme du Buisson.

March 2016
  • English
  • French
  • deValence
150mm × 220mm
328 pages