zurich

Candida Höfer

Völkerkundemuseum

Eingelagerte Welten” (Worlds in Storage) was the title of this exhibition, consisting mainly of Candida Höfer’s photographs of ethnological collections across Europe and in New York. Sited in an enchanting park, just steps from the financial center of Zurich, the exhibition was like a storehouse in a globalized world characterized by increasing economic and diminishing cultural differences. If ethnological museums were once splendid displays of the trophies of colonial expeditions, today they are increasingly sites for reflection on one’s own culture.

As an artist working in the medium of photography, Höfer has developed her own way of reflecting on these museums. Her shots of dioramas, storage areas, and anterooms, of conservation studios, vitrines, shelves, and index cards, of crates and plinths, tables and technical equipment create a panopticon of objects from the most diverse cultures;

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