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ReverseForward Decolonizing the Museum

02 February 2024
  • Talk Show
  • Informative

How are cultural institutions like museums approaching questions on decoloniality? What challenges and responsibilities towards governments and source communities are connected with debates around restitution? Gain insights into how these issues are tackled in post-colonial societies with Latika Gupta (Delhi) in conversation with Nanette Snoep (Cologne, Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum) and Shuddhabrata Sengupta (Delhi, Raqs Media Collective).


Latika Gupta

Latika Gupta is a Delhi based art historian and curator. She has been associate editor at Marg publications (2016-2020), is part of the editorial collective of ‘100 Histories of 100 Worlds in 1 Object’ and an associate editor of South Asian Studies. Her research is on the material and visual culture of the Himalayas, with a focus on Buddhist monastic art and rituals; as well as museum studies, particularly the shifting registers of value and meaning-making of ritual and everyday objects.

Nanette Snoep

Nanette Snoep is a Dutch anthropologist and curator. She has been working since 2016 at the head of various ethnographic museums in Germany, after being a curator at the Quai Branly museum in Paris. In her exhibitions, she disrupts the way ethnographic collections are presented. Since 2019, Nanette Snoep is director of the ethnographic museum of Cologne, Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museums – Kulturen der Welt. Before, she was director of the three ethnographic museums in Saxony, Germany, where she was able to experiment with new exhibition formats.

Shuddhabrata Sengupta

Shuddhabrata Sengupta is an artist and curator with the Raqs Media Collective, Delhi. Raqs Media Collective enjoys playing a plurality of roles, often appearing as artists, occasionally as curators, and sometimes as philosophical agent provocateurs. They create installations, make videos, photographs, print and online works, play with archival traces, make exhibitions and art interventions in public spaces, write essays, enact lecture-performances, engage with pedagogical procedures, edit books, design events, and foster collaborations. Raqs has exhibited widely, including at Documenta, the Venice, Istanbul, Taipei, Liverpool, Shanghai, Sydney and Sao Paulo Biennales.