Monumental Shadows: On Museums, Memory and the Making of History

This timely publication brings together a multiplicity of voices and formats to think through some of the most pressing debates around material heritage and museums today. What does it mean to build museums without collections, away from nation-states? What might the testimony of objects and artefacts tell us? How will the dispersal of power and artefacts from western encyclopaedic museums generate new forms of relationships and entangled histories?

The publication includes commissioned essays, interviews, and visual contributions from artists and writers currently exploring the terrain of material heritage, colonial heritage, reparation and museology. It gives room to speculation and imagination in dealing with these histories. The publication stems from and expands on conversations that took place through the group exhibition ‘Phantom Limb’ at Jameel Arts Centre, Dubai, 2019.

Edited by: Nora Razian

Foreword by: Antonia Carver

Contributions by: Pio Abad, Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme, Rand Abdul Jabbar, Nora Al-Badri, Anahi Alviso-Marino , Noah Angell, Ariella Aisha Azoulay, Haytham El Wardany, Faustin Linyekula, Omar Berrada, Jumana Manna, Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, Marian Pastor Roces , Gala Porras-Kim, Michael Rakowitz, Uzma Z Rizvi, Alya Sebti, Dima Srouji, Akram Zaatari