chapter  19
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The Reggiane Factory and New Immigrants: Memory and Local History to Strengthen Integration

This chapter focuses on some transnational public artworks based on collective and participatory processes of 're-collection', which can be considered as examples of a living archive of migrant memories, questioning institutionalised notions of 'heritage' and 'belonging'. Contemporary art, in particular postcolonial art, which emerges from experiences of migration, interconnection, hybridisation and becoming, plays a leading role in the transformation of the museum, both on a cultural and institutional level. Through postcolonial art, the Western archive can be analysed 'contrapuntally', as Edward W. Said understood, taking into account simultaneously both the dominant historiography and the other histories that are negated and repressed. Some examples of contemporary art offer alternative modes of conveying memories that sharply oppose the heritage of necropolitics, because through them the act of recollecting produces an act of connecting and transformation. The artist's description makes clear how, by reversing the necropolitics inscribed in funeral monuments.