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Knowing and Not Knowing

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPacific Presences
Subtitle of host publicationOceanic Art in European Museums
EditorsNicholas Thomas, Lucie Carreau, Alison Clarke, Erna Lilje, Alana Jelinek
Place of PublicationLeiden
PublisherSidestone Press
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)978-90-8890-628-2
ISBN (Print)978-90-8890-626-8, 978-90-8890-627-5
Publication statusPublished - 2018


‘Knowing’ (2015) is a 48 minute video art work made as part of a European Research Council funded 5 year research project led by Professor of Anthropology, Nicholas Thomas. For ‘Pacific Presences: Oceanic Art in European Museums’, Jelinek investigated West Papua and its colonial history. West Papua is the western half of the island of New Guinea which been part of Indonesia since 1963. Prior to that, as with the rest of Indonesia, it was a Dutch colony. For ‘Knowing’, groups of people from Papuan, Javanese and Dutch backgrounds were invited to the historical collections held by the Volkenkunde Museum, Leiden (National Museum of World Cultures). Each person was asked to choose things from their own culture in the collection to talk about, and also to talk about the objects others had chosen. In this way, participants spoke about their own culture and the cultures of others.


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