chapter  24
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Re-collecting and Connecting: Public Art, Migrating Heritage and the Relocation of Cultural Memory

Like the nation state, the museum as the safe abode of an institutional memory is facing an inexorable process of decline: it is becoming mobile and global. 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. Postcolonial artistic practices of archiving and displaying memory have transformed the museum from the traditional European place of construction and affirmation of national identity and superiority into a transcultural and multifunctional web, a dynamic space of both aesthetic experimentation and direct contact with the multiple and migrant realities of the modern world.