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Tlostanova presents a survey of contemporary tendencies in decolonization of museums as institutions for the production and distribution of particular knowledge. Summarizing the main ways of museum decolonizing such as questioning of the habitual subject–object divisions and the zero point epistemology embodied in the representation and viewing positions, the essentialist readings of history and culture, the enforced progressivism and Orientalism, the chapter dwells on the recent examples of successful museum interventions such as Fred Wilson’s and Pedro Lasch’s works and Okui Enwezor’s curating strategies. This prepares the ground for the main intervention – a comparative case study of two recent exhibitions related to the Caucasus culture. One of them sustains the neo-imperial attitudes while the other is clearly decolonial.

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Tlostanova, M. (2017). Decolonizing the Museum. In: Postcolonialism and Postsocialism in Fiction and Art. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-48445-7_4

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