Savoy-Sarr report

France retreats from report recommending automatic restitutions of looted African artefacts

Title: France retreats from report recommending automatic restitutions of looted African artefacts
Author: Vincent Noce
Media Outlet: The Art Newspaper
Publish Date: July 5, 2019

“The controversial French report recommending a systematic and unconditional return of African cultural heritage was all-but buried yesterday at a conference in Paris. (…) In his opening speech at the symposium on Thursday, the French culture minister Franck Riester only pledged that "France will examine all requests presented by African nations" but asked them not to "focus on the sole issue of restitution."

Kenya creates a database to show just where its stolen cultural artefacts are

Title: Kenya creates a database to show just where its stolen cultural artefacts are
Author: Gurmeet Singh
Media Outlet: Fairplanet.org
Publish Date: June 28, 2019

“(…) Databases such as this may actually be more effective in the long-run than government lobbying. If the wider public is able to access a database which shows which objects were wrongfully acquired and where they currently reside, it might do more to raise awareness of the issue than elite-level political discussion.”

Europe and burden of looted African artefacts: Reparation or repatriation?

Title: Europe and burden of looted African artefacts: Reparation or repatriation?
Author: Gregory Austin Nwakunor
Media Outlet: The Guardian Arts
Publish Date: June 23, 2019

“Aside from Nigeria, Egypt has equally been consistent in their campaign to recover looted artefacts. Last week, Egypt began a process to halt the auction of a 3,000-year-old stone sculpture of the famed boy pharaoh Tutankhamun at Christie’s in London, while the auction house said its sale was legal.

The statue — a brown quartzite head depicting King Tut — is scheduled to be auctioned off in July, and could generate more than $5 million, according to Christie’s.”

Bringing African Artifacts Home

Title: Bringing African Artifacts Home
Author: Damola Durosomo
Media Outlet: OkayAfrica
Publish Date: June 10, 2019

Niama Safia Sandy: (…) Restitution should not just be about returning an object, but also supporting a discourse that acknowledges the role of colonization, power and the history of how it happened, while also building a system of equity such that global cultural heritage items can be shared by all humanity in a manner that does not prevent indigenous peoples of the world from having control over their cultural artifacts and assets.

(…) I can't help but see irony in European institutions fighting to hold on to the very history it was claimed we do not have.”

Savoy-Sarr report fails to dent tribal market, says Tefaf exhibitor

Title: Savoy-Sarr report fails to dent tribal market, says Tefaf exhibitor
Author: Anny Shaw
Media Outlet: The Art Newspaper
Publish Date: March 11, 2019

“Despite fears that the so-called Savoy-Sarr report could dampen the trade of African art, Didier Claes, a Brussels-based tribal art dealer and Tefaf Maastricht exhibitor, who was consulted for the study, says that the restitution debate is in fact invigorating the market. (…) “Quite the contrary,” he declares. “With these debates about restitution, we have never spoken so much about African art.””