If Objects Could Speak

Temporary installation by Elena Schilling and Saitabao Kaiyare in the exhibition "Where is Africa?"

Until 28 April 2024

The starting point is a club-shaped Kikuyu object that has been in the Linden-Museum’s collection since 1903. The museum database does not provide any additional information on this – which raises many questions: What exactly is it and what was it used for? Are there still people in Kenya today who can identify it, and what do they think about the fact that it is in the depot of a German museum collection? Filmmakers Elena Schilling and Saitabao Kaiyare used augmented reality and a film camera to track down the object to find out more. In their installation, they present their approach and excerpts from their film “If Objects Could Speak” (Germany/Kenya 2020).