Researchers

Tal Adler

Tal Adler
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As part of the TRACES project (Transmitting Contentious Cultural Heritages with the Arts: From Intervention to Co-Production) I am working on developing long-term creative co-productions between artists, researchers and institutions for creating sustainable, meaningful and creative ways to disseminate contentious cultural heritages to broad publics. I coordinate the work of the different ‘Creative Co-production’ teams (CCPs) of TRACES and support the research lead by Sharon Macdonald on those CCPs that work closely with difficult collections. Together with Suzana Milevska I research the artistic and participatory approaches of the CCPs.

In addition, I am member of a CCP that engages with collections of human skulls kept by museums, universities and other public institutions in Europe. We explore the philosophical, aesthetic, historical and scientific implications of these collections. We address the complex significance of these archives of humans skulls to scientific communities, to national publics and to indigenous peoples who seek the recovery of ancestral remains within a postcolonial politic of recognition and redress.