This summer, protesters across the world tore down statues of colonizers and confederates. And they turned their gaze to museums, too.
In Foreign Policy, journalist Nosmot Gbadamosi wrote about an unsuccessful attempt to remove a 19th-century South Sudanese funeral pole from a Paris museum last June. The demonstrators said the item was looted during colonization—and needed to be returned.
Is it time to return Africa's looted art? And how should that process play out?
To talk about these questions and more, we spoke with Dan Hicks, professor of Contemporary Archaeology and curator at the Pitt Rivers Museum at the University of Oxford; Chika Okeke-Agulu, professor of African and Africa Diaspora Art, Princeton University; and Deborah Mack, interim director, National Museum of African Art.
[Originally published on September 15, 2020 via NPR]