While Europe and its politics continue to discuss the restitution of art stolen during the colonial era, contemporary debates or artistic stances that constructively engage with this area are often overlooked. More space for discussion and dialogue is necessary, as is Europe’s will to listen. This includes the readiness to set aside the knowledge it has formed and enter into discussion on an equal footing with the global south.
Functioning as a think tank, Talking Objects Lab, provides this necessary space for an about-turn and, in this way, creates a platform in which knowledge can be reassessed and encounters made possible. Magnus Elias Rosengarten spoke with the two curators Isabel Raabe and Mahret Ifeoma Kupka about the origin, aims and ideas of the project TALKING OBJECTS.