The Lives of Objects and why Intercultural Exchange is Nothing New

Featured Image: Shield, collected from Rockingham Bay by John Ewen Davidson in 1866-68, 99.8 x 42.5 cm. British Museum. Oc.7696. As part of the extensive collection of Australian Indigenous artefacts at the British Museum, the Rockingham bay rainforest shield tells a deeply divisive story of the meeting of cultures, and the making and undoing of […]

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The Argument Against Linear Art History

In the Hegelian perspective, art reflects the spirit of the times. Linear art history is a history of styles in which this zeitgeist is expressed, which follow each other chronologically. French philosopher and art historian Georges Didi-Huberman questions the traditional view of anachronism and art history, from which the term ‘displaced resemblance’ emerged. In his opinion, […]

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“The Slave Ship” and the ghosts that reside

This particular write-up was a favourite of mine last year. This is the result of a few musings regarding Turner’s controversial depiction of the slave trade and how poetry or other forms of art can highlight certain historical and epistemological shortcomings. The topic drove home how history is written and re-written with a lacklustre examination […]

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