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Since the 1960s, a movement of globally networked artists, intellectuals, and activists has persistently advocated for the restitution of African cultural assets and ancestral remains as an integral part of post-independence decolonisation.

KEY VISUAL The Time for Denial is Over
KEY VISUAL The Time for Denial is Over © CTM

After a long period of stagnation, the debate on restitution has accelerated in recent years, with examples such as the Treasures of Béhanzin to the Republic of Benin, or of the Benin Bronzes to Nigeria. Countless initiatives by artists and cultural institutions have emerged worldwide to advance and accompany this restitution process.

At this historic moment, GROUP50:50 invites artists, activists and thinkers from Europe and Africa to further discuss the foundations for a transnational restitution movement. “The Time For Denial is Over” is an afternoon discourse programme that accompanies the presentation of “The Ghosts are Returning”, a post-documentary music performance about seven pygmy skeletons brought to Geneva from Congo by a Swiss doctor in the 1950s.

Together with Congo’s Mbuti people, GROUP50:50 have developed a funeral ritual for the seven spirits –  taking inspiration from traditional Congolese music, the funeral ceremonies and polyphonic chants of the Mbuti, and laments in the classical music tradition – in the hope that they will find peace.

(Program in English)

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Hebbel am Ufer - HAU2
Hebbel am Ufer - HAU2