IAS CSSA Seminar: On Curatorial Blindness: South Asia and the Contemporary Dutch Ethnographic Museum
23 October 2019, 4:00 pm–6:00 pm
We are delighted to welcome Priya Swamy (Nationaal Museum van Wereldculturen) for this talk organised by the Centre for the Study of South Asia and the Indian Ocean World at the IAS. Respondent: Sushma Jansari (The British Museum)
This event is free.
Room 105UCL History Department, 24 Gordon Square (entry via rear of the building)LondonWC1E 6BTUnited Kingdom
What happens when ethnographic museums begin to address the absences in their collections? This talk will grapple with this question by introducing the notion of ‘blindness’ as a critical concept and curatorial practice. Through examples related to exhibitions and collections of South Asia in Dutch ethnographic museums, the speaker will draw on historical context, material culture, and contemporary art interventions to further nuance the place that blindness has in the ethnographic museum today.
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Image credit: Karela Collage (c. Sarojini Lewis).
About the Speaker
at Nationaal Museum van Wereldculturen