UiO: Museum of Cultural History, Oslo, 08/01/21 - 08/01/21

Conference: The Sea is History: Discourses on the Poetics of Relation

The conference and exhibition reflects on the sea and its influences on migration as a fluid, open-ended, and unresolved cultural discourse, particularly in terms of the struggle to address social inequality.

Sea currents, like humans, move back and forth connecting countries and continents, through time and history. Likewise, migration and displacement are not limited to a single geographic region or historical era. These recurring themes in the exhibition relate to a timeframe that begins begins with the trade of enslaved people from Africa and continues until today. As a symbol for movement and flows, the sea is where the world’s intertwined stories and overlapping histories unfold.

Curated and organized by Selene Wendt.

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