Web-only special, due to fundraiser schedule change:
On what would ordinarily be called Columbus Day, a collective of renegade artists and activists known as Decolonize This Place celebrated Indigenous People’s Day at the American Museum of Natural History with an alternative tour of the time-honored science exhibits. The subversive tour guides gave alternative perspectives on the exoticized displays. They showed the Hall of Asian Mammal for show animals that had been “Shot down, stuffed and hauled to the museum for display,” in a violent process that was enabled through the circuits of empire.” As the group gazed upon the blatantly Orientalist displays of the Hall of Islam, they asked questions like “where is the Hall of Christendom?”
The action was part of a broader effort to Decolonize communities around the world, fighting gentrification, labor exploitation, the violation of indigenous rights, and the occupation of Palestine. I talked to organizer Amin Husain about what it means to decolonize a city like NYC.