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Is the Humboldt Forum really that bad?

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Friday 26th of November 2021. I am in Berlin (Germany) for a research trip related to my PhD project and the first place I go to visit is the Humboldt Forum: the newly built and opened museum in central Berlin, on the Museum Island. For months I had been following the case of the Humboldt Forum’s reopening which had, for sure, been making noise in the museum world and has, since the project of its creation, been a very controversial project. Read More

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Maro 'Ura. A Polynesian treasure : the mysterious ways of a sacred object

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You may have seen them, those intriguing posters in the streets of Paris: blue, yellow, an unidentified object occupying the space, and a word that is equally unknown to most of us: Maro 'Ura.At most, the subtitle helps us to see more clearly: "a Polynesian treasure". A new surprise: how can this object, which seems so old, so damaged, and whose usefulness is hard to distinguish, be a "treasure"? Read More

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Before Time Began, an exhibition presented at the Art & History Museum in Brussels, une exposition présentée au Musée Art & Histoire de Bruxelles

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L’exposition Before Time Began, an exhibition presented at the Art & History Museum in Brussels, présentée au Musée Art & Histoire de la ville de Bruxelles, s’intéresse peu de temps après Aboriginalities, présentée aux Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, à la création moderne et contemporaine aborigène. Read More

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Behrouz Boochani’s work: how to represent suffering?

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How can I describe a father’s suffering who is separated from his wife and children for six years?
How can I describe a mother witnessing her small kids growing up for six years in a prison camp? 
How can I describe a young man who was full of life but has lost his opportunity to continue his education, to find love, has lost his health, his family, his hope, has lost many opportunities that you take for granted?1
Behrouz Boochani, TedxSydney Writing is an act of resistance.

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Women from the Pacific: Emily Kame Kngwarreye

The Casoar team respectfully advises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders people that this article includes images, works and names of deceased Indigenous people and may include images of artistic, cultural or intellectual property that may be of sensitive nature.

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Emily Kame Kngwarreye est sans doute l’une des artistes aborigènes les plus connues au monde. Son tableau Earth’s Creation a d’ailleurs détenu un temps le record de l’œuvre réalisée par un.e artiste aborigène la plus chère au monde. Mais saviez-vous que sa carrière de peintre fut aussi courte que fulgurante ? Et que son œuvre artistique ne commence pas avec la peinture mais avec le textile ? Aujourd’hui, Casoar vous emmène à la découverte de l’histoire de l’une des plus grandes artistes de la fin du XXème siècle.
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George Nuku’s trip around the world lands in Rochefort

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"I came to France with the intention of continuing the story.
In one respect, I am literally walking out of the lithographs.
I’m coming out of the picture and I’m in a repeat performance here in Rochefort.
However, the difference is that now the context has changed because this is all history. So the place where this context continues is in the museum."1

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Ten Canoes : a film between historical reenactment, myths and fiction

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Ten Canoes (10 canoes, 150 spears and three wives) is a film about Arnhem Land and its people, made with and by them. It is a film for Indigenous people and it is also an ambassador film for Aboriginal culture and therefore also made for an audience outside this culture. It is a story of forbidden love, brotherly bonds, kidnapping, witchcraft and revenge, treated with poetry and humour. In short, this is a rich work that CASOAR really recommends! Read More

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Covid-19: update on the situation in Papua New Guinea

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As a new lockdown begins in France, many envy Australians and New Zealanders who have been able to enjoy bars, restaurants and even nightclubs for several weeks. However, the situation is far from being the same in the whole Pacific, and is even worrying in places like Papua New Guinea (PNG). This week we take a look at the latest news on this health crisis. 

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From Blandowski to Andrew: the story of an encyclopaedia

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Since the 1990s, an “archival turn” has been happening in contemporary art in Australia1  where artists have been engaging with archives, whether it be in museums, libraries, or archives per se. An influential artist at the forefront of this “new” movement re-reading the archive is the Wirardjuri (NSW, Australia)/Celtic ‘conceptual artist’2 Brook Andrew. Artist Brook Andrew can be regarded as an ‘archival mediator’3  who ‘remak[es and] remark[s …] anthropological or ethnographic objects’.4 It is his work The Island created in 2007-2008 after encountering Read More