Disalienation: ownership, performance, repatriation
Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll
Artist, art historian, Professor of Global Art
University of Birmingham, UK
Thursday 13 October 6.00 pm
ICTE Auditorium, Sir Llew Edwards Building
This lecture reflects on a process of disalienation that drives repatriations, the performances, replications, and provenance research involved. How and why do the things collected during colonization want to return from museums in Europe? This problem is approached through an anachronistic history of repatriation. Relationships between art and ideology are refocused through the lens of fascism, trauma, and colonial claims for restitution that refer to cases of Nazi looting. The lecture will present examples from contemporary art and museum practises that challenge notions of origin and forms of property ownership.
Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll is an artist, art historian, and Professor of Global Art at the University of Birmingham. She is the author of the book Art in the Time of Colony, and related exhibitions include Ore Black Ore in the Allegory of the Cave Painting at Extracity Antwerp; Investigated at Savvy Contemporary Berlin; Artists in Residence at the Pitt Rivers; Embassy Embassy at Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin. An expert in global contemporary art and colonialism as well as the history of museums and collecting, she wrote her M.A. and Ph.D. at Harvard University about Aboriginal Art. She is an editor of the journal Third Text, a regular contributor to Art Monthly Australasia, and has also been the curator of various international exhibitions including Julie Gough: The Lost World (Part 2).