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Enslavement and Art: Forced Labor in the History of Art – Conference 

Enslavement and Art: Forced Labor in the History of Art – Conference 

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Venue:
Humboldt Labor at Humboldt Forum
Schloßplatz 1, 10178 Berlin

Conveners:
Eva Ehninger (Berlin)
Ittai Weinryb (New York)

Forced labor is a broad category all too often taken to comprise a human condition whose only shared feature is broadly defined as the control over another human, especially in regards to their labor and reproductive capacities (categories of ‘slavery’, ‘forced labor’ as well as ‘unfree’, ‘enslaved’, and ‘indentured human condition’ are still poorly defined in this context). Forced labor was and continues to play a central role in the intimate entanglement of aesthetics and commerce. Art production and patronage were part of networks that unfree humans aided in financing. These networks continue to echo in the collections, libraries, and museums, many built through the profit of unfree humans, that hold premodern and modern art today.  This conference seeks to expand our current understanding of the role forced labor played in the world of art making and consumption. It challenges concepts of heritage and their corresponding attributions of identity, representation and ownership, and looks at transformations of value, from the perspective of forced labor. Hopefully, this conference will therefore prompt comparative thinking to uncover the foundations, the structures, the practices, as well as the sustained  consequences and current realities of forced labor in relations to art.

Admission by registration only. Please register until June 15. 

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Institution or Organization name - Käte Hamburger Kolleg | Centre for Advanced Study inherit. heritage in transformation Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

 

Date And Time

2024-06-17 @ 09:00 AM (CEST) to
2024-06-18 @ 05:00 PM (CEST)
 

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