Foreign Exchange / Ware & Wissen (or the stories you wouldn’t tell a stranger)

Weltkulturen Museum, Frankfurt/Main, Germany
16 Jan 2014 - 04 Jan 2015

Weltkulturenmuseum presents Foreign Exchange / Ware & Wissen (or the stories you wouldn’t tell a stranger), an exhibition on the relationship between anthropology and trade. Curated by Dr. Clémentine Deliss and Dr. Yvette Mutumba.


What are the stories you wouldn’t tell a stranger:
The story of your great-grandfather,
who was a colonial officer?

The story of your great-great-uncle,
a doctor who measured human beings?

The story of your second cousin,
who was worked to death on a plantation?
The story of your godfather,
who tried to convert remote peoples?

The story of your great-great-aunt,
who thought she had lost her soul to a camera?

The story of your forebears, whose
shrines were stolen?

With more than 2,000 historic artefacts and photographs from Angola, Australia, Benin, Brazil, Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Gabon, Germany, Guinea-Bissau, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Liberia, Melanesia, Mexico, Micronesia, Mozambique, Namibia, New Britain, New Guinea, New Ireland, Nigeria, Russia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Tierra del Fuego, Togo, Uganda, Venezuela, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Combined with artistic research produced in the Weltkulturen Labor during 2013 by Peggy Buth (DE), Minerva Cuevas (MX), Luke Willis Thompson (NZ) and David Weber-Krebs (BE), as well as new texts by writers in residence Gabriel Gbadamosi (GB), David Lau (US), and Tom McCarthy (GB). Additional artworks by Marie Angeletti (FR), Lothar Baumgarten (DE), Benedikte Bjerre (DK), Rut Blees Luxemburg (DE), Clegg & Guttmann (US), Rotimi Fani-Kayode (NG), Armin Linke (IT), Otobong Nkanga (NG), Pushpamala N (IN) and Olivier Richon (CH).

The accompanying catalogue is published in German and English by diaphanes Verlag and includes contributions from Bruce J. Altshuler (US), Kokou Azamede (TG), Patricia Falguières (FR), Michael Fehr (DE), Ros Gray (GB), Charlotte Klonk (DE), Karl-Heinz Kohl (DE), Pramod Kumar KG (IN), Renée Mussai (GB), Michael Oppitz (DE), Peter Osborne (GB), Ciraj Rassool (ZA), Markus Schindlbeck (DE) and many others.


Opening: Wednesday, 15 January, 7pm

Weltkulturen Museum
Schaumainkai 29–37
60594 Frankfurt
Hours: Tuesday–Sunday 11?am–6pm,
Wednesday 11am–8pm



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