Expo in Cologne

The NOISY IMAGES expo I made with Rokia Bamba and SICV (Michael Murtaugh and Nicolas Malevé) and the help of many others* is now over and packed. Photoszene photographer and videast Silviu Guiman made this terrific video of the two central installations.

Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum Kulturen der Welt | Cultures of the World
Artist meets Archive. Internationales Photoszene-Festival Köln
Direktion | Directorate
Nanette Snoep, Dr. Oliver Lueb
Kuratorin | Curator
Lucia Halder
Ausstellungsgestaltung | Exhibition Design
Architekt Jonathan Haehn
Production team film installation
Antje Van Wichelen, Rokia Bamba, Loes Jacobs, Els Van Riel, Ludo Engels, Trudo Engels, LaboBXL, L’abominable, DeJonghe Film Postproduction
Sound design
Rokia Bamba
Production team The Recognition Machine
Antje Van Wichelen, SICV, Michael Murtaugh, Nicolas Maleve, Brenda Bikoko, Rokia Bamba, Milena Desse, Loes Jacobs, Jonathan Haehn, Koen Daems (advice)
Production team texts
Antje Van Wichelen, Peggy Pierrot, Rokia Bamba, Anna Seiderer, Estelle Lecaille, Brenda Bikoko, Alexander Schellow
Grafisches Konzept | Graphic Design
Carmen Strzlecki
Medien | Media
Els van Riel, Ludo Engels, Michael Murtaugh, Süleyman Atalayin, Dagmar Pütz
Restaurierung & Aufbau | Conservation & Construction
Christian Andert, Birgit Depenbrock, Ralf Eidneier, Kristina Hopp, Manfred Littfin
Beleuchtung | Lighting
Andreas Kirchner, Sabri Sghir, Ayhan Aksu, Hans-Georg Hüser
Öffentlichkeitsarbeit | PR
Judith Glaser, Jana Strippel
Museumspädagogisches Programm | Museum’s Pedagogic Programme
Peter Mesenhöller
Verwaltung | Administration
Nicole Golombek, Heike Hermann, Gaby Sawer
Bibliothek | Library
Martin Malewski
Ehrenamtliche Mitarbeit | Volunteer
Karla Meyer
Kooperationspartner | Cooperation
Internationale Photoszene Köln
Workspace Brussels
Labo BXL
Förderer | Sponsors
Museumsgesellschaft RJM
Region Flandern
Gemeente Elsene
Moleskine Foundation
Museumsshop | Museum Shop
Katharina Krebs
Archives participating
Nationaal Museum van Wereldculturen (NL), Koninklijk Instituut voor Tropische Geneeskunde (B), IMDB Berlin (D), Pitt Rivers Museum (GB), Musée du quai Branly (Fr), Rautenstrauch Joest Museum –
Kulturen der Welt, Köln (D), KMMA/Afrikamuseum (B)

Felwine Sarr and the Brussels’ Muntpunt library

I was so lucky to be invited to the Museum Collections in Motion conference in Cologne last month. It was incredibly interesting to witness the confrontation between the discourse of (some) members of the European museum staff and some African researchers and museum staff.


To not go into long descriptions of the lively discussions, I want to briefly say that it was palpable how high the stakes for the African culture heritage defenders were and are. The question of recuperating the artworks that left their territories in today unlawful circumstances is a very important one for the knowledge and the future of the continent. And for future relations between Europe and Africa.

Felwine Sarr was present as a keynote speaker. He is an angel of peace and patience. Together with Bénédicte Savoy, he wrote the terrific study Restituer le patrimoine africain. Vers une nouvelle éthique relationelle.
A must read if you are interested. This widely translated book stems from a study ordered by the french president Emmanuel Macron, after his decision to restitute all unlawfully taken objects and manuscripts to the rightful owners. The authors were asked to research how to realize this. They made an overview of the issues at stake, of the actual situation (numbers of objects, their provenance), a legal study and propositions of how to restitute.

I happened to have my libraries’ copy in my bag when I met Felwine Sarr, so I asked him to sign it for all Brussels’ readers. He obliged – see picture. So I am happy to offer this upgraded copy to the library and the Brussels’ readers. It makes me really happy to do so: I am a big fan of the principle of a library. To have all the books you want because you share them (and the knowledge) with a large group of people… is it not a dream come true?

I will present the library with the return of the signed copy today. I am curious how they will react… I sure hope they do not fine me for making an author scribble in their book!