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

Inas Halabi

  11 October - 24 November 2017

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Inas Halabi (b.1988, Palestine) uses video, sculpture and archival material to examine historical and political narratives of national identity, collective memory, myth-making and hierarchies of power. Her process is fundamentally research-based and she presents data and visual material, often with an interventionist component, in the form of installation. Halabi is a graduate of Goldsmiths College, University of London (MFA) and the Bezalel Academy for Arts and Design in Jerusalem (BA). Her work has been shown in numerous national and international venues, most recently the 13th Sharjah Biennale's acclaimed offsite project, Shifting Ground. In 2016, Halabi was the A.M. Qattan Foundation’s Young Artist of the Year and she has recently been awarded production grants from AFAC (Arab Fund for Arab Culture) and Mophradat.  She currently lives and works between Palestine and the Netherlands.

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