06 Feb 2024 12 May 2024

Beyond anthropology

Zora Neale Hurston, Eslanda Goode Robeson, Katherine Dunham

Drawing on a little-known history in France, the exhibition focuses on three women each of whom reappropriated the codes of anthropology, liberating themselves from them and becoming key activist and artistic figures of the 20th century.

Through portraits of the novelist Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960), journalist Eslanda Goode Robeson (1895-1965) and dancer Katherine Dunham (1909-2006), the exhibition explores another approach to anthropology. With their daring and innovative processes, these three African-American figures were able to adopt a different position to that of white anthropologists, and thus write a divergent history of the discipline.

The exhibition parallels their field archives with their artistic and political productions. Collected in East Africa, the south- eastern United States and the Caribbean, these photos and films bear witness to the unique view they had of their times. The way they transformed these anthropological materials into artistic and political works made them major figures in the fight against colonialism and racism, and in the defence of women’s rights in the 20th century.

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  • curator

    Sarah Frioux-Salgas, Head of Collections Documentation and Archives at the Media Library of the musée du quai Branly Jacques Chirac, Paris

    graphic design

    Cécilia Génard

    An exhibition organised with the support of the Martine Aublet Foundation, under the aegis of the Fondation de France.

  • Duration:  15:13
  • Place:   Atelier Martine Aublet
  • TimeSlots:  
    From Tuesday 06 February 2024 at Sunday 12 May 2024
  • Closed on monday
    Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday:  10:30 am-07:00 pm
  • Public:   All publics
  • Categorie : Exhibitions
  • Free (reservation required)
    Gratuit sur réservation