University of Hertfordshire

Artistic practices as empowerment

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Alana Jelinek - Invited speaker

Fourchette cannibale aux Fidji
While working for 9 years with the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge, on a very extended artist-in-residency, I investigated the relationship between collectors, collections and the collected, where the collected is both people and things. I was interested in how collected things can also be seen as collected people, collected individual makers and collected relationship between people. Through my research I encountered the 'cannibal fork', which is one of a number of objects in museum collections that seem to point more to histories of racist thought and colonial contact, than to any actual historical culture. My artwork explores the legacy of colonialism in today's cultures and the Fijian cannibal fork is one good place to start this type of investigation. I will describe this in this talk with two artworks, 'The Fork's Tale, as Narrated By Itself', a novel written from the point of view of a cannibal fork in the collection, and 'Tall Stories : Cannibal Forks', a film of colleagues from the museum making their own cannibal forks while also telling me about the so-called real ones.
30 Jun 2019

Artistic practices as empowerment

Duration28 Jun 201930 Jun 2019
Location of eventmusée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac
CityParis
CountryFrance
Degree of recognitionInternational event

Event: Conference

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  • Knowing and Not Knowing

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  • Knowing

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