Objects, mythologies and portraits of social power: Postcolonial Intepretations from the collection - Laura Ganda

Laura Ganda ( Zimbabwe )

Analysing historical trajectories in Germany enables an understanding of the discontinues and continuities of social power in the past, present and future. Subtle infusion within societal structures connects people and silences others as it initiates dialogues about race, migration and decoloniality. Museums’ collections and exhibitions displaying and representing social power unravel a multiplicity of stories, voices, and perspectives on its ability to subvert and exert power on the fabric of life, building utopias and mirages that change the course and order of things. Narratives constructed in social power, history and contemporary art practice presents possibilities to interrogate, interpret and represent a sequence of historical events and the relations of causality between them. Counter-discourses in curatorial practice embedded in past, present and future contexts create new, inclusive, and diverse memory archives that justify, demystify and challenge historical injustices, political and human tragedies, and socio-economic in societies and the nation.