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'Restitution' of looted African art just continues colonial policies - much more is at stake

By Fazil Moradi, Associate Professor, Faculty of Humanities, Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study, University of Johannesburg
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The violence of the past is far from over. But it is disguised in many ways, made invisible and normalised. What started with the Spanish, Portuguese or the Ottoman empires continued with the British, French and Russian empires, and now the United States. Imperial political violence continues today in Palestine, Ukraine, Sudan, Yemen, Iran, to name but a few.

One of the disguises is “restitution”.

I’m a scholar of what I understand as catastrophic art – artworks which were made in worlds that empires…The Conversation

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