Desire in Representation, Travelling through the Musée Royale

“Desire in Representation”, an artist’s book in two parts, is the result of a comprehensive documentation and research project which began at the Royal Museum for Central Africa founded in Tervuren (near Brussels) in 1907. It combines documentary photo material of the museal representation of Central Africa and its colonisation with a narrative created by quotations of travelogues and adventure stories, archival images and historic documents from the colonial days of Belgium and Germany. The publication focuses on the colonisers’ desires, expectations and aspirations and the way in which these find expression in their self-portrayals and in the images of the ‘other’. An appendix lists the sources used and provides further references through additional information and image material.

pp. 52+96; COL and BW; paperback. Publisher: Argobooks, Berlin, 2008.

ISBN: 9783981228441| 3981228448
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“Desire in Representation”, an artist’s book in two parts, is the result of a comprehensive documentation and research project which began at the Royal Museum for Central Africa founded in Tervuren (near Brussels) in 1907. It combines documentary photo material of the museal representation of Central Africa and its colonisation with a narrative created by quotations of travelogues and adventure stories, archival images and historic documents from the colonial days of Belgium and Germany. The publication focuses on the colonisers’ desires, expectations and aspirations and the way in which these find expression in their self-portrayals and in the images of the ‘other’. An appendix lists the sources used and provides further references through additional information and image material.

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