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LAB Sally Schonfeldt

Dec 11, 2018

Berlin-based research

Over the past years Sally Schonfeldt practice has evolved to be predominantly concerned with elaborating on historical European colonial entanglements, as they are intertwined with our contemporary condition, utilising a decolonial perspective. As this practice is firmly rooted in a research based methodology, projects are often of a durational nature that are performed over the course of year-long processes, which entails the necessity of having both the time and space available in which to develop them.

Within the scope of the ABA residency Sally Schonfeldt would propose to focus on three main areas relating to previous research projects, which have all in themselves traced back to archives and research requiring access to institutions located in Berlin, in the hope that not only will this enhance these previous works but that it would also give impetus to any new work resulting out of it. These former research projects have dealt with the European colonial phenomenon of Human Zoos, the so called Völkerschauen, which Sally examined within a Swiss context and that resulted in the film work Plattenstrasse 10; with the problematic colonial provenances of many European ethnological museum collections that resulted in my latest film work, also applied within a Swiss context, Die Schweiz hat keine Kolonien, aber war kolonial, as well as with the highly contentious contemporary debate on the repatriation of indigenous human remains from the same museum collections that Sally recently investigated with a new work entitled Museum of Indigenous Human Remains Repatriation.These three research projects, which Sally would seek to continue working on within a Berlin context, are all underpinned by her passionate artistic and historiographical interest in examining the foundational beginnings of European social sciences, such as anthropology and anthropometry (so called scientific racism), and how they are intricately related to the European project of imperial colonialism.