Dead Images, exhibition opening, discussion and reception

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Edinburgh College of Art, The University of Edinburgh

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DEAD IMAGES explores the contentious legacy of collections of human skulls, assembled during the 19th and early 20th centuries and still held in public institutions in Europe. Some skulls were taken close to home, but many were looted from the graves of indigenous peoples, taken without consent and in violation of local beliefs.

We bring this legacy to light by exhibiting a 30 x 3 meter photograph of more than 8,000 skulls held in the Natural History Museum of Vienna. In showing this photograph we ask a question: who are we to invite the public to gaze upon the bones of others as an artistic or scientific spectacle? We explore this question through a video installation in which people speak to their thoughts and feelings about this display of human remains.

The choice to see the photograph rests with the visitor. In making that choice they are invited to reflect upon the ethics of display and the role that descendants, curators, scientists, artists and the public may play in reimagining a place and purpose for these remains.

On the evening of June 28th, 2018, we invite you to join us for the opening of this exhibition and wine reception. This will be preceded by a conversation between the artist, Tal Adler, and Charlotte Roberts, professor of bioarchaeology at the University of Durham and hosted by Sam Alberti of National Museums Scotland.

On the following day, Friday 29th of June, there is all-day conference in which the issues raised by this exhibition and the retention of collections of human remains will be discussed by an international gathering of artists, academics and activists. To book tickets for this event (£10.00) see: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dead-images-conference-tickets-45974023542

"DEAD IMAGES is part of TRACES Project which has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 693857"

For more information on TRACES see: www.tracesproject.eu

For more information on the DeadImage project and events see: http://www.traces.polimi.it/portfolio-posts/portfolio-04/ and/or http://www.traces.polimi.it/2018/04/02/dead-images-ccp4-exhibition/

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