Letters to Fritz and Paul focuses on the expeditions of the Swiss cousins, lovers and scientists, Fritz and Paul Sarasin to explore how people (including their objects) have been respectively classified, renamed and dislocated as a result of economically and scientifically motivated expeditions of European empires. The Sarasins, who ventured across the Dutch East Indies between 1893-1907 as well as various parts of Africa and the Middle East, brought back to Switzerland meticulous studies of native peoples, including photographs and objects, stored today in the Museum der Kulturen and the Naturhistorisches Museum in Basel.
Through a combination of video, objects and altered photographs, the project explores the colonial history of Switzerland and questions the relationship between ethnographic objects, their collectors and the setting in which they have been placed.
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Drs Fritz and Paul Sarasin with Dead Elephant in Siri Lanka, 1883 – 1886, Letters to Fritz and Paul, Inas Halabi 2017
Letters to Fritz and Paul
11 October - 24 November 2017