Tessa-Norah Feenstra - Freelance Creative Concepter

The Archive Series – PostNL
2018
Concept, edit, design

Normally, we like to speak of a country's history being victorious. We preferably want to forget the darker side, where a trophy has become problematic.

The Archive Series gives an insight into the archive of the Bronbeek Museum in Arnhem. Its storage shelters objects that can't be displayed at an exhibition anymore because they have become too controversial. 

Normally, we like to speak of a country's history being victorious. We preferably want to forget the darker side, where a trophy has become problematic.

The Archive Series gives an insight into the archive of the Bronbeek Museum in Arnhem. Its storage shelters objects that can't be displayed at an exhibition anymore because they have become too controversial. 

Series of livestreams made in het the archive of Bronbeek Museum Arnhem about the hidden history of the Netherlands
A captivated human skull in the archive of Bronbeek Museum Arnhem

One of these objects is a human skull captivated by the Dutch during the decolonization war between 1820 and 1950. The skull had a prominent part in Bronbeek's exhibitions. It has been taken to The Netherlands as a trophy of success, but now has to be capt in the museum's archive and isn't allowed to be taken out or to travel home. 

The Archive Series presents five live streams from the archive of Museum Bronbeek. They all show a bit more of this human skull, its place in the archive, and the set-up of cameras streaming the real-time still. This all shows how an object that is mediated, exists in different timeframes and mindsets; from a trophy to a problematic piece. Every screen created a timeframe with a different version of this captivated human skull.

The Archive Series advocates for more accessibility to our collective past and transparency in handling objects that are a problematic reminder of Dutch colonial history. A history we would love to forget.

The-Archive-Series - human skull captivated in the archive of Bronbeek Museum Arnhem

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+31 (0)6 278 29 685
INFO@TESSANORAH.COM

©TESSANORAH, 2020

TESSANORAH FEENSTRA
+31 (0)6 278 29 685
email: INFO@TESSANORAH.COM

©TESSANORAH, 2020

TESSANORAH FEENSTRA
+31 (0)6 278 29 685
email: INFO@TESSANORAH.COM

©TESSANORAH, 2020

TESSANORAH FEENSTRA
+31 (0)6 278 29 685
email: INFO@TESSANORAH.COM

©TESSANORAH, 2020