PalaisPopulaire presents the two-part collection show The Struggle of Memory from 4/19/2023 to 3/11/2024.
Societies need continuity and a connection to the past to maintain social unity and cohesion, and people need to know where they came from in order to adapt to the circumstances of the present and the challenges of the future.
One of the most insidious consequences of the slave trade and European colonialism in Africa was the devaluation and destruction of pre-colonial history and culture. African artifacts in Western museums are symbols of cultures that were stripped of their people and material heritage, ruthlessly subjugated, or gradually eroded and dismantled.
Restitution is only one step on a long road to reconstruction of memory and cultural self-invention. Artists take further steps by combing through family archives, highlighting individual histories, recovering lesser-known stories, imagining different power dynamics, and constructing alternative narratives.
Curated by Kerryn Greenberg, independent curator and co-director New Curators.
Part 1 of this exhibition(April 19 – October 3, 2023)) brings together artworks that explore, in
different ways, how the body absorbs, processes, stores, and recalls