3/10/2021 Staff

Who Owns Culture? Benin, Art Restitution and Colonialism

Common Hour - Who Owns Culture? Benin, Art Restitution and Colonialism

Marie-Cécile Zinsou
President, Fondation Zinsou

Marie-Cécile Zinsou is an art historian and the Founder and President of the Fondation Zinsou, which operates an art centre, educational programs, and supports artists in Benin and across Africa. The Fondation recently opened the Museum of Contemporary Art in Ouidah, the first museum of contemporary art in Benin. These efforts have been instrumental in the dialogue between artists and the public and help build a cultural infrastructure in Benin. Ms. Zinsou has been a leader in the movement to restitute art works taken by France from Benin during the colonial period, culminating in the historic transfer of 27 objects from France back to Benin in 2017. A profile of Ms. Zinsou can be found here and an interview related to art restitution can be found here.

This event was proposed by Dan Ardia and is sponsored by the International Studies Program.

Due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, Common Hour in the Spring semester of 2021 will continue as a virtual event broadcast live via Zoom and YouTube on Wednesdays from 1:30-2:30 p.m.

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