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(or the stories you wouldn’t tell a stranger)

16th January 2014 until 4th January 2015

An exhibition on the relationship between anthropology, colonialim and trade.

FOREIGN EXCHANGE is an account of certain disturbing ways of visualising human beings in the name of science; of the transformation of the human body into that of an object; of the fascination with the Other; of the passion for collecting; of the mission to preserve remote cultures for all eternity; of the need to find systems for that task. And it’s an account of the role that is ultimately always played by money and trade.

With more than 1,000 historic artefacts and photographs from Angola, Australia, Benin, Brazil, Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Gabon, Germany, Guinea-Bissau, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Liberia, Melanesia, Mexico, Micronesia, Mozambique, Namibia, New Britain, New Guinea, New Ireland, Nigeria, Russia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Tierra del Fuego, Togo, Uganda, Venezuela, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Combined with artistic research produced in the Weltkulturen Labor during 2013 by Peggy Buth (DE), Minerva Cuevas (MX), Luke Willis Thompson(NZ) and David Weber-Krebs (BE), as well as new texts by writers in residence Gabriel Gbadamosi (GB), David Lau (US), and Tom McCarthy (GB). Additional artworks by Marie Angeletti (FR), Lothar Baumgarten (DE), Benedikte Bjerre (DK), Rut Blees Luxemburg (DE), Clegg & Guttmann (US), Rotimi Fani-Kayode (NG), Armin Linke (IT), Otobong Nkanga (NG), Pushpamala N (IN) and Olivier Richon (CH).

The accompanying catalogue is published in German and English by diaphanes Verlag and includes contributions from Bruce J. Altshuler (US), Kokou Azamede (TG), Patricia Falguières (FR), Michael Fehr (DE), Ros Gray (GB), Charlotte Klonk (DE), Karl-Heinz Kohl (DE), Pramod Kumar KG (IN), Renée Mussai (GB), Michael Oppitz (DE), Peter Osborne (GB), Ciraj Rassool (ZA), Markus Schindlbeck (DE) and many others.

Curated by Dr. Clémentine Deliss and Dr. Yvette Mutumba.

Weltkulturen Museum
Schaumainkai 29, 60594 Frankfurt

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