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HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT. From Being Rendered Invisible and Becoming Visible


Museums store, manage and transmit knowledge. But what knowledge is stored and communicated - and by whom? What is excluded or overridden?

“Hidden in Plain Sight” examines how through multiple perspectives and approaches a space in the museum can be created, that allows for critically dealing with colonialism and its aftermaths up to the present day. The exhibition shows how a decolonial education practice can open up new points of view within the museum.

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The exhibition deals with current topics such as the history and origins of artefacts as well as interrogates scientific classification systems. In dialogue with works by contemporary artists, the following questions are discussed: Which events and people are absent in texts and in libraries? How many social privileges remain invisible? Which histories are excluded in the dominant historical narratives and are therefore not inscribed in the collective memory?

“Hidden in Plain Sight” deliberately pursues the ambitious goal of creating productive spaces for thinking about new forms of social coexistence and dialogue.

  1. Curators
    Curated by Julia Albrecht und Stephanie Endter, with a curatorial contribution by Lea Steinkampf.
  2. Participating artists
    FrauHerr Meko (Darmstadt, Deutschland), Kitso Lynn Lelliott (Johannesburg, Südafrika), Ema Tavola (Auckland, Neuseeland), Joana Tischkau (Frankfurt/Berlin, Deutschland)

    With works and objects from the collection of the Weltkulturen Museum, amongst others works by Shan Goshorn (Tulsa, USA)
  3. Adress, Opening hours, Prices
    Weltkulturen Museum
    Schaumainkai 37
    60594 Frankfurt

    €3.50 / reduced €1.50
    Children and young adults up to 18 years free

    Opening times: Tues – Sun, 11am – 6pm, Wed, 11am – 8pm
  4. Safety Guidelines
    -Please show one of the following proofs when entering the museum: Vaccination certificate (digital or vaccination card), proof of recovery, negative test proof (not older than 48 hours)
    - Please keep a distance of at least 1.5 m in the entrance and at the counter.
    - Protective masks are mandatory. Please cover mouth and nose. We sell simple protection masks at the counter.
    - Please keep a security distance of at least 1.5 m from visitors and guards.
    - Please sneeze and cough in the crook of your arm, wash or disinfect your hands regularly.
    - People with acute illness must not visit the museum.
    - Please use the marked separate exit.

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