This year’s student-curated exhibition at Aberystwyth University’s School of Art enters into wider dialogues around how museums deal with troublesome objects in their collections. It aims to make the challenges of museum display and interpretation transparent.
The project was conceived by Dr Harry Heuser, Lecturer in Art History, and developed with assistance from senior curator Neil Holland. “Accredited museums like ours have an obligation to make their collections publicly accessible”, Dr Heuser explains. “And yet, like other collections around the world, our museum houses artefacts that reflect views and values many of us consider outdated or offensive. We are taking the reopening of our galleries as an opportunity to take a look at ourselves.”
“For various reasons, none of the prints, photographs and sculptures in this show can speak for themselves. Nor are they meant to speak on our behalf. Choosing these objects for display, we draw attention to the role and responsibilities of today’s exhibition curator.”
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