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“If Objects Could Speak”: A Screening and Panel Discussion on African Art, Museum Reckoning, and the Politics of Restitution

Event Type
Film Screening
The Center for African Studies through the US Department of Education’s Title VI NRC Program, Krannert Art Museum, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, The School of Art & Design, Program in Art History, Department of History, Department of Anthropology, Women and Gender in Global Perspectives, The Office of Minority Student Affairs, the iSchool, the Bruce B. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center, and the Humanities Research Institute Supplemental Event Fund. In-kind sponsorship generously provided by Dixon Graphics & Weiskamp Printing.
Krannert Art Museum, Lower Level, Auditorium (KAM 62), 500 E Peabody Dr, Champaign, Illinois 61820
Oct 12, 2023   6:30 - 7:30 pm  
Saitabao Kaiyare, Njoki Ngumi, La Tanya S. Autry
Krannert Art Museum
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The keynote for the KAM-CAS Global African Community Forum offers a screening of the short film, If Objects Could Speak, co-directed by Kenyan filmmaker Saitabao Kaiyare, followed by a zoom conversation with Kaiyare and scholar/activists Njoki Ngumi (in Nairobi) and La Tanya S. Autry (in New York).

Using the film as a point of departure, the speakers will engage the audience in a critical conversation about colonial-era removals and thefts of African objects, restitution, and what it’s like being on the receiving end of long lost objects returning to Africa. 

Connecting these three provocative thinkers in conversation across the Atlantic presents an excellent opportunity to reckon with these issues with African voices at the lead. 



Registration is not required to attend this talk in person at KAM. To participate via Zoom, Register Online (information to come). This hybrid event includes CART captioning and can be accessed in over languages 27 languages through Zoom. 

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