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Amina Zoubir: Archaeology of the colonized body

Amina Zoubir’s collages presented at Markk Museum were created as part of the artist residency 'Reversed Exploration', to which she was invited by the Kulturforum Süd-Nord e.V. in spring 2021 and introduced to the MARKK Museum.

In the words of curator Jana Reimer: 'Amina Zoubir's work focuses on the representation and appropriation of the female body in colonially and ethnographically influenced photographs from North Africa. The MARKK's photo collection contains many of these photographs, which are a challenging collection for the museum as well. As historical objects and testimonies, the museum stores and preserves them. However, their origin coincides with a time of colonial and scientifically European-dominated power structures and imbalances, which are directly visible in the photographic representations of people and the images they create ... In contrast, the strength of Amina Zoubir's work lies precisely in the fact that, through a deliberate deconstruction and refocusing of these difficult portraits and the images they convey, the people depicted are placed at eye level as subjects, in a break with their historical context of origin, thus made and kept visible in a new way. The serial, collage-like reproduction highlights the extremely high number of women affected by this colonial appropriation of their bodies'.

Amina Zoubir: Archaeology of the colonized body is open at MARKK, Hamburg, Germany, 28 April – 28 July 2021. More information here.

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