Registrars*, Politics and Power

„How much politics is there in the work of a registrar?“ asked Katrin Hieke from this very blog via twitter.

My first, light-hearted thought was „not much“. We are not curators, so it’s not up to us to create exhibitions that raise questions or put a spotlight on important social or political issues. We are not directors, so it’s not our responsibility to decide how to deal with politicians and the current public opinion. We are not administrative officers so we don’t have to worry about how to stay in accordance with governmental guidelines. We are not marketing people, so it’s not up to us to sell what our museum does in all aspects mentioned above. We are there just for the well-being of our collections, to let logistics flow smoothly, to keep the paperwork together. What an easy, non-political job. Continue reading

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