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Alienation / estrangement. What is strange and for whom? Does a museum make one feel alienated or estranged? Construction of difference, of otherness. Colonial history and unequal power structures. Foreign perceptions in Dresden, Saxony, Germany ... the world.
"I is an other," wrote the French poet Arthur Rimbaud. This sentence lies at the heart of Prolog # 6. This station deals with the stranger, but not only from the point of view of how the Europeans have portrayed people from other continents. It also allows the perspective to be reversed. How have these so-called "strangers" perceived their strangers – European missionaries, soldiers, merchants, colonial officials, and travellers – through the centuries? How is it for oneself to look into the mirror? How does self-perception change such things?
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german colonial rulers in africa
The photographs of the German Central Aftrican Expedition 1907-1908 developed into an artistic installation that deals with the power distance between German colonial administrators and local population. German colonialists acts as estranged from their environment in these pictures. They deliver not only a part of German history to their spectators but also colonial history and its global consequences as well as developments in the realms of anthropology at the beginning of the 20ieth century.
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Installation, duration:18:75 Min., 2018
Research and text: Stefanie Bach
Video: Karoline Schneider