Dead Images. Facing the history, ethics, and politics of European skull collections
Dead Images invites the visitors to engage with the legacy of historic skull collections across Europe, many of which assembled between the 18th and 20th centuries for scientific research. Aspects of this scientific work were informed by concepts of racial supremacy and colonial authority, and without considerations for consent and the wishes of surviving ancestral communities. Today, most of these collections remain screened from public gaze.
Combining multichannel video installations, restricted and troubling images, and an education program, the exhibition, initiated by artists and scientists, involves considerations of our shared responsibility, ownership, personhood and consent, and of the role that descendants, curators, scientists, artists, and visitors may play in reimagining a place and purpose for these skeletal individuals.
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