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28. November 2023 — Read / Article

The stories coco de macuco tells us

In this article, Taiane Linhares introduces plant storytelling as a method for reconnecting to ancestral wisdom and relating to unfamiliar places and cultures. In her crash investigation during the Design Campus in Pillnitz, she used a family story involving a plant relative to develop connections to the royal garden’s Palmenhaus. The result of this research was a mixed-media piece expressing the local and global impacts of the colonisation process and its persistence.

19. January 2023 — Read / Article

Colonial violence in the north of Togo and the plunder of Biema Asabiè’s belongings

In the storerooms of the Grassi Museum für Völkerkunde in Leipzig lie half a dozen of belongings of the former rulers of Sansanné-Mango, a town in northern Togo. how did they come to Leipzig? What was the role of the museum's former director, Karl Weule, in the translocation of this royal heritage? Can similar items be found in Berlin or elsewhere?

21. April 2022 — Read / Opinion

Giving Back Benin Bronzes to Nigeria

The empire, the kingdom, the city and the people that produced those exquisite Bronzes, carved ivories and wood works, clay and iron sculptures are not in oblivion, but subject of ongoing restitution and repatriation requests. Osaisonor Godfrey Ekhator-Obogie on the history of a questionable collection and the efforts for its repatriation.

23. March 2022 — Read / Article

The refusal of time: restitution and the Kilimanjaro stone

Mike Mavura's article addresses the uncovering of a history obscured by colonialism. The focal point is the theft of the Kilimanjaro peak, which is given special space in the current exhibition of the reopened GRASSI Museum für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig.

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