Decolonising museum cultures: an artist and a geographer in collaboration

Tolia-Kelly, Divya P and Raymond, Rosanna (2020) Decolonising museum cultures: an artist and a geographer in collaboration. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 45 (1). pp. 2-17. ISSN 0020-2754

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Abstract

There is much published research and strategic rhetoric on decolonising the discipline, the academy, and institutions of social and cultural importance. However, very little literature examines the stepping stones in the process of materially challenging, changing, and decolonising institutions themselves. This paper emerges as an outline of axes or episodes of dialogue in a collaborative journey between the artist Rosanna Raymond and myself, since 2005. We outline the issues encountered: some of these are intrinsically the legacies of imperial museology and the paradigms through which we evaluate and exhibit the cultures of racialised “others.” The episodes act as a means of understanding the politics and ways of decolonising that are possible. The collaboration enables the potential for interdisciplinary “ways of seeing” that counter colonial frameworks. The paper unravels the effect of imperial accounts of “other” cultures at museums, explored here through “Maori” and “Polynesian” curatorial practices and representations at the museum.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Geography
Depositing User: Sharon Krummel
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2019 15:47
Last Modified: 12 Aug 2020 11:30
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/86124

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