Digital festival: Everything Passes Except the Past

The digital festival Everything Passes Except The Past was livestreamed on October 17 from 11am till 18.30pm CEST on the websites of the Goethe Institut and FSRR. Introduced by a keynote contribution from Bénédicte Savoy, round-table talks with activists, artists, experts, curators and researchers from Africa, Latin America and Europe took place. The panels addressed the debate around the repatriation of ethnographic collections, and the challenges to decolonize museums, archives and public space, in order to bring views from the Global North and the Global South into intensive dialogue. Besides, the presentations focus on the question how we could learn from the methodologies of art, critical theory, and activism to provoke politicisation and critical metamorphosis.

The festival is part of the Goethe-Institut’s 2-year long international project Everything Passes Except The Past which organised various workshops and events in Belgium, France, Portugal and Spain in 2019.


Everything Passes Except the Past
Digital Festival
October 17, 2020, h.11 am-6.30 pm CEST

11am: Introduction by organizers
Alonia Elizalde, Jana J. Haeckel, Irene Calderoni

11.15am: Keynote speech by Bénédicte Savoy
Amnesia. 40 Years‘ Debate on African Cultural Heritage in European Museums

12pm: New Museum Practices: On the Ethics and Politics of Return
Panel participants: Bénédicte Savoy, Didier Houénoudé, Christian Greco, moderated by Ayoko Mensah

2.30pm: Critical museology: Revisiting Colonial Collections through Artistic and Curatorial Perspectives
Panel participants: Carolina Orsini, Simona Berhe, Bianca Baldi, Grace Ndiritu

4 pm: A Difficult Heritage: Rethinking Representations of Italy’s Colonial Past
Panel participants: Rosa Anna Di Lella, Alessandra Ferrini, Angelica Pesarini, moderated by Liliana Ellena

5.30pm: All Statues Must Fall? Conflicts and Iconoclasm in Public Space
Panel participants: Daniela Ortiz, Yann Le Gall -Berlin Postkolonial e.V., moderated by Tania Adam


Please download here the program and the speakers’ bios



Photo: Sebastiano Pellion di Persano