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hidden histories

Roots to Fruits
illicit trading in cultural property
Long sleeve with collage from 70s magazines of the South Pacific. Advertisements on sleeves show the capitalizing approach of Europeans at the time, and how indigenous traditions were destroyed by colonization.

From the Island Press;
“If there’s one sort of skulduggery the modern New Guinean won’t tolerate, it’s having the skulls of his ancestors smuggled out of the country as curios.”

Photo showing how skulls from former Dutch colonies were found in the depot of the Royal Tropical Institute (photo was published in the newspaper ‘Vrij Nederland’, 2018).

White available in size M, L and XL
Black available in size L and XL
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Each print is unique and silk-screened by hand, irregularities may occur.


©Mirelle van Tulder
Chief Tropical Officer