Free article

Issue 24

OPEN FOR INTERPRETATION

An Experimental Exhibition Project in an Ethnographic Collection

Page 89
Karin Kaufmann

This article discusses the curatorial strategy of open storage and its assumed potential to decolonize knowledge production in ethnographic museums. Showing masses of stored objects supposedly free from any institutional interpretation is thought to allow for shifting the authority over meaning-making from the museum to the public. Findings from public storeroom visits that were conducted in connection with a participatory exhibition project in an ethnographic museum call these assumptions into question.