NiNseeNationaal Instituut Nederlands Slavernijverleden En Erfenis (slavery exhibit; Netherlands)
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They view the museum as creative agencies but also as 'contested terrains.' NiNsee operates in the same context.
NiNsee is involved in a range of activities that create, interpret and disseminate knowledge.
Next to these main activities NiNsee also organizes public lectures, at least twice per month.
In the case of NiNsee a wide range of efforts are made to present the African Diaspora in a manner that speaks to the essence of one's own being and viewpoint.
In terms of museums dedicated to exhibiting peoples, cultures and artifacts from the colonial past there are four: The Royal Museum of the Tropics, Amsterdam (KIT) located just across the street from NiNsee; the African Museum in Berg aan Daal; the World Museum in Rotterdam; and another African museum in Cader and Keer in the extreme South of the country.
Another very interesting case, worth relating here, is a book presentation which was done at NiNsee in 2009.
The mere fact that these photographs are displayed on the windows distinguished NiNsee form other organizations in the area.
NiNsee has been using its unique position as a centre of knowledge in the Netherlands to make a difference.
NiNsee does not visualize and/or conceptualize the Dutch slavery past and its heritage as an issue that lends itself to entertainment, it is taken more seriously.
At NiNsee we recognize that we are not the only institution involved in a struggle over representations of the past; and we are not the only institution involved in discussions about the many artifacts and precious items acquired during colonialism that are currently housed in museums across Europe.
It goes without saying that, on its own, NiNsee is not capable of turning around five hundred years of history colored and impregnated with the Caribbean or (better said) the transatlantic slave trade, chattel slavery and colonialism--a history of attempted total and comprehensive domination and misrepresentation.
And we believe that before NiNsee came into existence there was very little knowledge, information, or analysis of Dutch slavery past and its legacies.