NO RESOLUTION Ep.2
Art institutions worldwide face a severe reckoning over their colonial histories and prevailing biased stances, resulting in an inescapable debate around postcolonialism, colonial heritage, and organizational accountability. Indeed, the development and establishment of the museum as a symbol of power cannot be detached from colonialism and imperialism: public museums served as dissemination platforms of a single high culture, thereby affirming the superiority of the European culture over others. In the last few years, museums have been paying a great deal of attention towards promoting themselves as postcolonial institutions and inclusive spaces for multicultural collaboration. However, the very nature of the museum raises questions regarding its ability to effectively contribute to a diverse and inclusive society: Is the recent focus on inclusionist programs in exhibitions, shared curatorship, and use of collections a neocolonial instrument in disguise? How can art museums in Europe effectively shift from being a space that fosters asymmetric relations of power, between Western and non-Western cultures, to sites of collaboration and cross-cultural dialogue?