Kunstsammlung NRW

Local modernism in a global context: Wendy Shaw

A conversation with guests of the research project museum global

Wendy M.K. Shaw is a professor for the History of Art in Islamic Cultures at the Freie Universität in Berlin. Shaw sheds light on the intersections between modernism, colonialism, postcolonial, philosophy, and art in the Islamic world; the parameters of her investigation are formed by the museum, art history, archaeology, religion, film, and photography, as well as contemporary art.

The regional the focus of her research is on the interrelationship between the Ottoman Empire and the Republic of Turkey on the one hand and other regions of the global South on the other. Among her publications are Possessors and Possessed: Museums, Archaeology, and the Visualization of History in the Late Ottoman Empire (University of California Press, 2003), as well as Ottoman Painting: Reflections of Western Art from the Ottoman Empire to the Turkish Republic (IB Tauris, 2012).

A video interview with Wendy Shaw for #32.

The video interview was conducted in Autumn 2016.

The project museum global is a research project of the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, in cooperation with the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies of Heidelberg University, and will culminate in November 2018 in the big exhibition "Excentric Modernism," which will situate works in the collection of the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in an international context.

Both the research project museum global and the exhibition "Excentric Modernism" receive support from the Federal Cultural Foundation (Kulturstiftung des Bundes).



Idea/interview: Noura Dirani, Nora Lukacs
Film and Editing: Josef Rapaj

A conversation with guests

part 1: Partha Mitter