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News: Art History Student Asks Tough Questions on Artifact Ownership in Hyperallergic Essay

Posted May 11, 2015 in StudentArt History

In KCAD’s Art History program, students are taught that a good question is one that leads not to an immediate answer, but to more questions.

Case in point: Art History student Aaminah Shakur, who recently penned an essay for Hyperallergic entitled “Who Are the Rightful Owners of Artifacts of Oppression” that takes a critical look at the art world’s entrenched - and, Shakur argues, misguided - ideas about artifact ownership.

Jumping off a recent case in which a number of artworks and personal belongings that were created by interned Japanese Americans during World War II were set to be auctioned off as a part of a privately owned collection, Shakur explores the historical precedents that lead to this contemporary case and asks how the art world might do a better job preserving artifacts in a way that doesn’t marginalize their creators.

Read the essay here, and learn more about Aaminah Shakur at aaminah shakur.com.