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Viewing art from an anticolonial perspective

During National Socialism, Hanna Bekker vom Rath showed courage by organising "secret" exhibitions in her private flat in Berlin. There she showed works by artists who had been discredited by the National Socialists.


At the same time, it is very important today to look at this art from an anti-colonial perspective. This is because Europeans manifested their imperialist claim to power not only through political or territorial superiority, but also in their approach to art. This also included the assumption that art was a Western construct. The dominant understanding of art today is therefore still largely characterised by the binary own-foreign construction, i.e. a division into so-called "own" art, i.e. European or Western art, and art that represents the so-called "other" from a European perspective. This way of thinking thus constructs a logic of norm and deviation.

How can Hanna Bekker vom Rath's art be viewed in a reflective way that does not ignore the violent aspects of the collection's creation? How can the institution of the museum in general become a place of encounter that breaks with hegemonic structures and creates space for anti-colonial perspectives?


WITH Jeanne-Ange Wagne (she/her, artistic researcher, art and cultural mediator) and Amadou Hemboum (scientist)


Due to the limited number of participants, please register in advance.