dimanche 31 janvier de 19:00 à 20:30
How the Black Lives Matter movement has impacted, enlivened and refocused the debate on repatriating stolen, sacred African treasures on display in the V&A, British Museum , Wallace Collection and other venues in America and the Far East
Michael Ohajuru Senior Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies ,presents how the Victorians plundered African treasures with a white - supremacist attitude based on their understanding of what they believed as their God given right - to 'civilise' a continent that they understood had no history. Systematically they plundered in the name of Christianity and when the real motive was capitalism - money and greed.
This talk exposes the hypocrisy in the European philosophy towards Africa - a continent which according to their philosophers and historians had no history , no art and no literature .
Hear how white male European intellectual elites and academics marvelled at the beauty and brilliance of the Benin treasures unable to believe that 'barbarians ' could produce such wonders:
We were at once astounded at such an unexpected find, and puzzled to account for so highly developed an art among a race so entirely barbarous
Sir Charles Hercules Read (1857 –1929) British archaeologist and curator at the British Museum
Black Lives Matter is making the establishment think again – this talk shows how things are changing.