“Decolonising Museums”

“Decolonising Museums”

L’Internationale Online

(1) Jamil Shammout (Palestine) and Michel Najjar (Palestine) paint the banner of International Art Exhibition for Palestine, Beirut, 1978. Courtesy Claude Lazar. (2) Historical exhibition display in the Museum für Völkerkunde (today Weltkulturen Museum), Oceania section. Weltkulturen Image Archive. Photo: Hermann Niggemeyer.

September 30, 2015
“Decolonising Museums”

KASK / School of Arts of University College Ghent
Jozef Kluyskensstraat 2
9000 Ghent


L’Internationale Online is a publishing platform for research, resources and discussion. Launched in September 2014, the platform is the joint initiative of the museum confederation L’Internationale and its co-ordinator, KASK / School of Arts of University College Ghent, within the framework of the five-year programme The Uses of Art – The Legacy of 1848 and 1989, which focuses on the period of the 1980s in Europe and beyond.

“Decolonising Museums”
Decolonising Museums,” L’Internationale Online’s second thematic issue, comes in the form of an EPUB publication. It offers a range of critical voices that address colonial legacies and mindsets, which are still very rooted and present in museum institutions across Europe and beyond. In different geopolitical regions, there have been different waves and degrees of dealing with the colonial past ever since the 1960s, the painstaking process of decolonisation and the institutionalisation of multiculturalism. Scrutinising the complex European context, one can talk about related processes taking place in France, Belgium and Holland, about different generational divides, and about the obvious dichotomies between the South and North. The topic of decolonising in general becomes especially relevant in these times, when dealing with waves of refugees from former colonies struggling for their lives has become one of the most urgent civic and individual responsibilities in Europe. Calling upon cultural memory and half-ignored history seems to be of the utmost importance to oppose often politically-guided amnesia and ignorance.

Contributors to this issue:
Nana Adusei-Poku, Walter Benjamin, Christiane Berndes, Ana Bigotte Vieira, Colin Siyuan Chinnery, Clémentine Deliss, Francisco Godoy Vega, Ainhoa González, Nav Haq, Lola Hinojosa, Mirjam Kooiman, Daniela Ortiz, Rasha Salti, Madina Tlostanova, Jan De Vree, Vivian Ziherl.

The first thematic issue “Representation Under Attack” was published in May 2015.

L’Internationale Online: Research, Resources, Opinions
The platform is divided into four research fields: Politics of Life and Death, Decolonising Practices, Real Democracy and Alter Institutionality.

Thematic issues and EPUB publications related to the overall programme “The Uses of Art” are published in the Resources section. Since May 2015, the first publication by the confederation, L’Internationale: Post-War Avant-Gardes Between 1956 and 1986, edited by Christian Höller and published by springerin in 2013, has been available online.

The Opinions section acts as the discussion platform on the site. The invited bloggers from July until December 2015 are Gigi Argyropoulou and Vivian Ziherl.

The members of the editorial board are Nick Aikens, Diana Franssen and Steven ten Thije (Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven), Başak Çaka and November Paynter (SALT, Istanbul), Alicia Pinteño and Carlos Prieto del Campo (Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid), Nav Haq (M HKA, Antwerp), Sònia López (MACBA, Barcelona), Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez (KASK / School of Arts of University College, Ghent), and Adela Železnik (Moderna galerija, Ljubljana). The website is designed by Project Projects.

Contact and subscriptions
Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez, Managing Editor L’Internationale Online:
[email protected]


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