The report estimates that 6.7 million Indigenous objects and human remains continue to be held in Canadian institutions, most of which do not have formal repatriation policies.
The Risks That Lurk in Europe’s “Scramble for Decolonization”
As the global consensus on restitution passes the tipping point, some skepticism towards these sudden, improbable Damascene conversions towards restitution is probably justified.
Seeking Better Ways for the Art Community to Collaborate with Indigenous Communities
Are ecological thinking and decolonial practice merely genres, or are they being used to transform all aspects of arts discourse?
Michael Rakowitz’s Recreations of Art Taken From Iraq
Hyperallergic has the exclusive premiere of Art21’s Haunting the West, a short film about Rakowitz’s artistic efforts to end the marginalization of West Asian art and history.
A Toppled Statue In Bristol Reveals Limited Understandings of What Decolonizing Requires
Protesters’ removal of Edward Colston’s statue didn’t attack history; instead it corrected how we write it.
A Brutal, Historic Film About Decolonization
Gillo Pontecorvo’s The Battle of Algiers is one of the great films in history to depict insurgent warfare, and New Yorkers can see it for free this week.
A Team of Curators Designs a System for Indigenous Artists to Thrive In
The term ‘decolonization’ has been used frequently to describe the exhibition yəhaw̓. But you won’t hear its curators call it a decolonial project. So what is it, if not that?
One Museum’s Complicated Attempt to Repatriate a “Benin Bronze”
The RISD Museum has held this Benin bronze head in its collection for 80 years. “No one would have given it up unless under duress,” the curators say. But tracing its provenance and repatriating it is no simple matter.
Decolonization: an Act of Independence, Not Benevolence
It’s clear: We need space for new narratives. But how far will we get if the space-making rests in the hands of the colonizers?
President of France Will Recommend Full Restitution of Looted African Works
The proposed guidelines would bristle the French art world, but they could also endear the French president to the African countries he’s trying to build stronger economic partnerships with.
After $31 Million Sale of 3,000-Year-Old Assyrian Relief, Experts and Artists Denounce Christie’s
Critics call the recent sale, which shattered previous world records for Assyrian art sales, a callous example of the art market profiting from suffering in the Middle East. Experts speculate that ISIS’s destruction of cultural heritage sites may have boosted the value of the work.
Raising Indigenous Women’s Voices in a Campaign to Decolonize Cultural Institutions
In a roundtable discussion at the EFA Project Space, Indigenous women and invited guests will hash out how best to center Indigenous voices and decolonize our institutions.