Repeating Islands

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A post by Peter Jordens.

With an exhibition in the Tropenmuseum [Amsterdam, the Netherlands] about the history of slavery, Richard Kofi wants to encourage people to talk about inequality today. […] How do you tell the story of slavery and colonialism with a leading role for the victims? Dutch museums struggle with that question. They feel pressure from today’s youngsters. Lonneke Van Genugten of De Volkskrant reports.

“Afterlives of Slavery, the name says it all.” Richard Kofi is one of the curators of an exhibition about the history of slavery that opens on October 6, 2017 in the Tropenmuseum. “We show the social structures that made it possible for slavery to exist, as well as how colonial ideas persist in the present ― think of stereotypes about black people, the unequal playing field on the labor market, or the n-word that is still so easy to use.”

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