For the first time in Germany, a museum is publically digging into the colonial roots of its own collection. Curator Julia Binter tells DW how looking at the past can change how we view “foreigners” today.

The Kunsthalle Bremen is the first museum in Germany to identify and explore the concealed colonial and racist references among its collection.

Anthropologist Julia Binter curated the exhibition “The Blind Spot” (August 5-November 19), which aims to reflect on the colonial past of the museum and the city of Bremen, a hub of international trade during the 18th and 19th centuries – the peak of European colonialism. The exhibit also seeks to rethink pressing current issues such as globalization, migration and identity.

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