The exhibition Fetish Modernity is an invitation to think about the notion of modernity in all its facets. In the West we have the tendency to divide the world up into ‘Us’ and ‘Them’. We are often quick to think that we have a monopoly on all things modern.
Fetish Modernity demonstrates that, in the past, ethnography museums were responsible for the spreading of an awful lot of clichés as regards who or what is modern. Reality, however, is much more complex. The exhibition shows how modernity is a dynamic process that is at work at all times and in all places.
Our fascination with all things modern leads to a kind of cross fertilization resulting in numerous new objects and uses. On visiting this exhibition you will discover the hybrid objects which have arisen from this longing for modernity.
Fetish Modernity is the result of a collaboration between eleven ethnography museums within the context of the European project Ethnography Museums and World Cultures (RIME). The exhibition brings together several choice pieces from the different museums, along with works by contemporary artists and audio-visual installations.