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Artistic & Curatorial Perspectives from the Majority World
February 17 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Thursday, February 17, 2022, 11:00AM ET
$5 AAMC members / $10 nonmembers
This panel will approach the issue of ‘identity’ through a multi-perspectival discussion of artistic and curatorial practices from the Majority World. Panelists are invited to focus on museums and other spaces and models of display in the built (and natural) environment, the visual and material culture of colonialism, racism, and asymmetric power relations, physical and epistemic violence, and the issue of memory. They will deal with topics of restitution, cultural heritage, preservation, accessibility, and engaging communities in museum spaces, before embarking on questions about the possibilities and challenges regarding the future of entangled identities and museums in the 21st century.
Meet the Speakers:
JC Niala, Freelance Curator & Doctoral Researcher
JC Niala works with Community Action Research to open up African and Caribbean collections held in European Museums. Her most recent projects include ‘Rethinking Relationships & building trust around African Collections’ & ‘Community Action Research’ while she was Acting Keeper of Anthropology at the Horniman Museum & Gardens in London.
Jacques Nkinzingabo,Founder of Kigali Center for Photography, cofounder, Kigali Photo Festival and Kwanda Art Foundation
Jacques Nkinzingabo is a visual storyteller, photographer, curator, and founder of the Kigali Center for Photography, and the Kigali Photography Festival, in Rwanda. His projects focus on cultural diversity, migration, and issues of identity and memory. He co-founded Kwanda Art Foundation, seeking both to promote Rwanda’s art community and visual storytelling through exhibitions, festivals, and workshops. Nkinzingabo works on cultural exchanges and understanding at the crossroads between Africa, North and South America, Asia, and Europe.
Chao Tayiana Maina, Open Restitution Project – Africa
Chao Tayiana Maina is a digital heritage specialist and digital humanities scholar. She is the founder of African Digital Heritage and is a co-founder at the Museum of British Colonialism where she leads digital engagement and documentation. Prior to this, she worked for the Science Museum Group, designing interactive software for museum exhibitions.
She holds an MSc in International Heritage Visualisation from the University of Glasgow/Glasgow School of Art where she graduated with a distinction. Her research workexplored the possibilities of embedding intangible histories in 3D digital environments. She is a recipient of the Google Anita Borg scholarship for women in technology (2016) and a founding member of the Digital Humanities network in Africa.
Molemo Moiloa, Open Restitution Project – Africa
Molemo Moiloa leads research at Andani.Africa. Based in Johannesburg, she has been involved in various projects engaging with museum practice within her role at Andani.Africa and prior. Her experience includes substantial engagement with museum practice in South Africa, as well as experience in Namibia, Tanzania, Congo (DRC) and broader Pan-African projects such as serving as advisor to the current MuseumFutures – Africa project led by Goethe Insitut for Sub-Saharan Africa.
Molemo is also a lecturer in Exhibition Histories for post-graduate students within the curatorial studies programme at the University of the Witwatersrand. She is also one half of the artist collaborative MADEYOULOOK who have worked closely with museums in developing alternative imaginaries for museum practice in Johannesburg.
Ciraj Rassool, Senior Professor of History at the University of the Western Cape
Ciraj Rassool is Senior Professor of History at the University of the Western Cape (UWC), where he also teaches Museum and Heritage Studies and Curatorship. Among his latest publications are The Politics of Heritage in Africa: Economies, Histories and Infrastructures (New York 2015), co-edited with Derek Peterson and Kodzo Gavua; Rethinking Empire in Southern Africa (published as Journal of Southern African Studies, 41, 3, June 2015), co-edited with Dag Henrichsen, Giorgio Miescher and Lorena Rizzo; Unsettled History: Making South African Public Pasts (Ann Arbor, 2017), written with Leslie Witz and Gary Minkley; and Missing and Missed: Subject, Politics, Memorialisation (published as Kronos: southern african histories, 44, 2018), co-edited with Nicky Rousseau and Riedwaan Moosage. He served on the boards of the District Six Museum, Iziko Museums of South Africa, the South African Heritage Resources Agency and the National Heritage Council. He has previously chaired the Scientific Committee of the International Council of African Museums (AFRICOM), and is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the study of the Physical Anthropology Collection ‘Felix von Luschan’ at the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Germany. He is a member of the new South African National Advisory Board for Restitution and Repatriation.
Vera-Simone Schulz, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut, moderator and organizer
Vera-Simone Schulz is an art historian and postdoctoral research associate at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut, Florence, Italy, where she works at the crossroads of Islamic, African and European art histories. From 2014-2018, she has been academic coordinator of the international research project “Networks: Textile Arts and Textility in a Transcultural Perspective”. Her research has been supported by the German Research Foundation, the German Academic Scholarship Foundation, and the German Academic Exchange Service, among others. From Nov. 2018 to Jan. 2019, she held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Bard Graduate Center, New York.