Making sense: Experiential engagements with ethnographic photographs

Museum and Society

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Title Making sense: Experiential engagements with ethnographic photographs
 
Creator Horn, Christine
 
Description This article examines the role of embodied and performative knowledge in the museum environment, with a particular focus on ethnographic photographs. The study is based on the return of several hundred ethnographic photographs from the Sarawak Museum to Indigenous communities in rural Malaysia, where they had been taken by museum photographers from the early 1950s onwards. Aside from the oral narratives that emerged during the discussions and interviews, contextual knowledge was provided in embodied form. The return of the photographs to people in the source communities prompted the re-enactment of activities, re-telling of stories and production of cultural heritage to which the photographs referred. Such embodied knowledge, defined as knowledge preserved through performance and embodied activities, relates to the multi-vocal narratives about objects that museums are increasingly trying to include in their exhibitions. In this article I argue for a greater and more experimental use of sensory means to convey information about artifacts to museum audiences.   Keywords:Ethnographic photographs, Photography, Embodied knowledge, museum archives, Sarawak, Southeast Asia
 
Publisher University of Leicester Open Journals
 
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Date 2018-01-09
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
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Identifier https://journals.le.ac.uk/ojs1/index.php/mas/article/view/2542
10.29311/mas.v15i3.2542
 
Source Museum and Society; Vol 15, No 3 (2017): Open Issue; 301-323
1479-8360
 
Language eng
 
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Rights Copyright (c) 2018 Christine Horn
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