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Cultural Copyright

Part of Kader Attia: The Museum of Emotion

A panel discusses the treatment and display of non-Western objects in Western museums in relation to the exhibition Kader Attia: The Museum of Emotion.

Join curator and researcher David Dibosa, musician and journalist Vivien Goldman and writer and academic Chibundu Onuzo for a discussion on this subject and on cultural copyright more broadly.

For much of his career, Attia has made art that explores the politics of Western museums. In many of his sculptures and installations, he ironically invokes the display methods and subject matter of a typical 19th-century natural history or ethnographic museum in order to explore the ways in which colonialism continues to shape how Western societies represent and engage with non-Western cultures.

Dr David Dibosa is co-author of Post-Critical Museology: Theory and Practice in the Art Museum. He also leads the MA Curating and Collections at Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts London.

He recently completed work as co-investigator for Black Artists and Modernism, a three-year research project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. As part of that project, he appeared on BBC4’s Who Ever Heard of a Black Artist? Britain’s Hidden Art History. He has also appeared as a judge on BBC1’s prime-time series, The Big Painting Challenge.

Vivien Goldman is a writer, educator, broadcaster and musician. The upcoming Revenge of the She-Punks is Goldman’s sixth book. In spring 2019 she lectures on David Bowie at the Seattle MoPop Conference, and performs at Marfa Myths festival in Texas.

She is currently working on Afrobeat Art, a book featuring the political work of Nigeria's Lemi Ghariokwu, including his iconic album sleeves for Fela Kuti. Goldman is a long-time Adjunct Professor at New York University’s Clive Davis Institute of Recording Music, Tisch, lecturing on musicians including Fela and Bob Marley, about whom she has published two books.

Dr Chibundu Onuzo is a writer and historian. She started writing novels and short stories at the age of ten and less than a decade later became the youngest woman ever signed by Faber. Her debut novel, The Spider King’s Daughter, was nominated for multiple prizes and won a Betty Trask Award. Her most recent novel, Welcome to Lagos, was published in 2017 and has been reprinted three times. She is also a Senior Teaching Fellow at SOAS in 20th-century African history.

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Royal Festival Hall
Level 5 Function Room, Green Side


Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)


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