OMD

Event: Object Movement Dialogues #2

The second edition of our public Object Movement Dialogues takes place on the 25th of June 2019, at the Goethe-Institut Nairobi auditorium. The event will consist of progress updates from the IIP team (the National Museums of Kenya, SHIFT and the Nest Collective), as well as a panel discussion with Dr. Freda Nkirote, Patrick Gathara and Roseline Olang.

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Kenya is starting to track its valuable stolen artifacts worldwide

Perhaps for the first time in Kenya’s history, there’s a movement to investigate the cultural artifacts stolen and kept outside the country’s borders. The discussions surround how certain objects were bundled or bequeathed from the East African nation, exploring where in the West they are actually housed, who holds the agency to demand their repatriation, and how their historical and cultural legacy can be harnessed for sustainable and creative development.

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Review: "Bring Our Things Home?" - Public Introduction and Discussion

On November 30th, 2018, the IIP team were happy to host our first public introduction of the IIP project, and were happy to see a large turnout of interested members of the public, press and Government at the event.

As part of the event, the general outline of the IIP project was presented to the public, which was followed by a panel discussion between George Ondeng’ and Jim Chuchu of the National Museums of Kenya and the Nest Collective (both participating institutions of the IIP project), moderated by Dr. Njoki Ngumi followed by a public discussion on the issues of cultural artifacts held abroad and the thorny debate on the matters of restitution.

As part of IIP’s commitment to continuously engage the public both on the issues of cultural artefacts abroad as well as the ongoing progress and developments of the IIP project, we will continue to host Object Movement Dialogues over the course of 2019-2020. Details of the next OMD will be published soon.