On Showing and Looking

Grassi Museum für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig
26 March 2017


In collaboration with course participants of the Master’s in Cultures of the Curatorial at the Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig, Grassi Museum für Völkerkunde is dedicating its current exhibition to aspects of displaying and viewing. The origin of this collaboration were the temporarily empty spaces of the renovated Africa galleries in the museum’s location.

Taking its photographic archive as a starting point, the  exhibition focuses on the work of Leipzig photographer and long-serving member of staff, Karin Wieckhorst. Aside from her photographs and exhibition documentation undertaken in her role as the museum’s photographer, she was an artist in her own right, well known for the projects she completed as part of her distance learning course in photography at the Academy of Fine Arts, Leipzig. The 1990s series, “Portraits of Women” or “STRANGERS. Asylum in Saxony”, are exemplary for her photographic engagement with various social groups and her documentation of “distant” countries, visited by Wieckhorst at the time.

The exhibition’s self-declared aim is to set Wieckhorst’s work against museum categorisations and display formats, such as vitrine systems, spatial plans and accompanying booklets, as well as considering the question of viewing habits in ethnological museums.


An exhibition-related workshop will be held on 26 March 2017, the last day of the exhibition. Detailed information to follow.


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