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Janus Tussle

Omar Chowdhury & Birmingham Museums Trust

A moving image work that lyrically explores a post-colonial history of museological intrigue with stolen art objects, the death of an ambassador and a protest movement that shut down a proposed exhibition of antiquities exchanged between Bangladesh and the West.

Through the issues of ambiguous sources and interviews and imagery from neglected Bangladesh museums, the performance complicates the value of cultural exchange. 

The context of a similar exchange in the present day between the National Museum of Bangladesh and Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery frames the narrative.

Watch Janus Tussle on Vimeo.

Image: Still from Omar Chowdhury & Birmingham Museums Trust, Janus Tussle

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