Paper $37.50 ISBN: 9783037346686 Published September 2014

Foreign Exchange

(Or the Stories You Wouldn't Tell a Stranger)

Edited by Clémentine Deliss, Yvette Mutumba, and the Weltkulturen Museum

Edited by Clémentine Deliss, Yvette Mutumba, and the Weltkulturen Museum

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320 pages | 87 color plates, 78 halftones | 6 1/2 x 9 | © 2014
Paper $37.50 ISBN: 9783037346686 Published September 2014
Founded in 1904, Frankfurt’s Weltkulturen Museum houses a remarkable collection of ethnographic artifacts from Asia, Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, with the aims of advancing public education and fostering innovative anthropological research across a wide variety of contemporary artistic practices.

Developed through artistic research in the Weltkulturen Museum’s Weltkulturen Labor research lab, Foreign Exchange raises questions about the relationship between the museum’s educational and scientific aims and global trade. Together, essays by anthropologists, art historians, artists, and curators form an extended conversation around the historical accumulation and commodification of artifacts and, in particular, the representation of the human body in ethnographic photographs. Rounding out the volume are many previously unpublished photographs of works discussed. Contributing authors and artist include Peggy Buth, Minerva Cuevas, Gabriel Gbadamosi, David Lau, Tom McCarthy, David Weber-Krebs, and Luke Willis-Thompson.
1. Introduction
1.1 Clémentine Deliss
Foreign Exchange
1.2 Yvette Mutumba
The stories you wouldn’t tell a stranger
2. Writers in Residence
2.1 Bernhard Hagen’s Archives
2.2 Gabriel Gbadamosi
Dr. Hagen’s Photos
2.3 David Lau
Tales of Vivisection Disclosure Redaction
2.4 Tom McCarthy
Pages from Work in Progress
3. Research Assemblages
4. Extended Conversations
4.1 The Administration of People and Goods
4.2 …persecuted, mourned, pitied, photographed, collected…
4.3 The Rhetoric of Display
5. Artists in Residence
5.1 Minerva Cuevas
Rituals of Value
5.2 Luke Willis Thompson
Museum in Reverse
5.3 David Weber-Krebs
5.4 Peggy Buth
‘All of Us’
Trauma, Repression, and Ghosts in the Museum
6. Exhibition Views
7. Appendix
7.1 Biographies
7.2 Imprint
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