The Ancestors’ Gaze

“The Ancestors’ Gaze” is a micro-intervention conceived by the French anthropologist Roman Lotocki.

His curatorial approach defies the traditionally distant relationship between the spectator (subject) and the pieces on exhibition (object). Lotocki has prepared an exercise in introspection in which ancestral masks and those of popular culture gaze back at us, watch us and question us in order to spark a process of interiorization.

The micro-exhibition looks into the role of the visitor at the Museum and the role played by material culture in terms of its potential in presenting itself as mirror-pieces. In this sense the masks are just an excuse, the aim of which is to enable us to access our own selves and respond to the questions that they now ask of us.

15 September 2017 – 31 January 2018