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Dismantling the Master's House? Statues, Memory and the Politics of Identity

(Event organized in the context of the Lab Curatorial Practices. Attendance is by registration only and places are limited)

20 April 2023 from 09:00 to 13:00

Santa Cristina complex - Piazzetta Giorgio Morandi - Bologna - Aula 4

Inspired by Black and radical feminist Audre Lorde’s consideration that the master's house will never be dismantled with the master’s tools, this workshop aims at reflecting on monuments and statues as crucial and contested sites of memory, identity, race and power in present times.

Through contributions from scholars working on memory, monuments and affect across a variety of contexts, the workshop will ask: To what extent are statues remembering slave traders and colonial enterprises sites of violence or sites of commemoration? How are past and present traumas of minorities and racialised communities erased and/or reproduced in debates about memory and statues in western liberal societies? What forms and articulations can dissensus take around heritage and memory sites? What distinguishes monuments from contemporary art?  

The workshop is organised by Prof Ruba Salih and Prof Emanuele Meschini in the context of the Curatorial Practice Lab, Amac, University of Bologna. 


Guest Speakers:


Victoria Klinkert (SOAS, University of London) 

Toppled Statues: From Catalysis to Catharsis


Dr. Elisabetta Rattalino, (Facoltà di Design e Arti, Libera Università di Bolzano)

Curating Bolzano fascist legacies: framing a project in the making


The panel will be followed by seminar type work and group discussions.


Attendance is by registration only and places are limited. 

Please email: 

Prof Meschini or Prof Ruba Salih to register.