19. January 2022

Exhibition: Resources of Power Exhibition: Resources of Power

Cluster of Excellence presents objects from museums and collections at four locations until the end of March

Watch our latest video on the “Resources of Power” Exhibition to find out how objects talk about dependency and slavery. Researchers at the 'Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies' (BCDSS), the only Excellence Cluster in the field of humanities and social sciences at Bonn University, are keen to show the impact that material culture had and still has.

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For thousands of years, human beings have lived in relationships of asymmetrical dependency. Networks of dependency are created by people controlling access to resources and the things people produce and consume. But it is often these very things that make dependencies real for observers.

Within such a framework of material and social dependencies, the exhibition tells a millennia-old story of slavery and strong asymmetrical dependencies through objects that relate to the materiality of three resource groups: grains, luxury foods, and textiles. The production of resources such as cotton, coffee, and corn, the globalized trade flows, and the different uses of the goods produced from the resources are closely interwoven with varying manifestations of dependencies.

The exhibition is based on objects from various museums and collections of the university. While on display in four locations across the university until 30 March 2022, it also serves as a taster for a much larger exhibition project planned in 2024. The coming exhibition will not only put on display the combined research findings achieved by 2024 but also the process of how the researchers got there. This process implies many discussions that should find their way into this exhibition. We invite you to take part! But for now, take a tour around the "Resources of Power" Exhibition to get a taster of what to expect in 2024!

The exhibition is open to the public Mondays to Fridays during office hours until the end of March. We recommend to check opening times with the respective location. The admission is free of charge.

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Ressourcen der Macht
Ressourcen der Macht © (c) Cécile Jeblawei / Uni Bonn
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