By Rikke Andreassen
From the 1870s to the second one decade of the 20 th century, greater than fifty exhibitions of so-called unique humans happened in Denmark. the following huge numbers of individuals of Asian and African starting place have been exhibited for the leisure and ‘education’ of a mass viewers. a number of of those exhibitions happened in Copenhagen Zoo, the place various ‘villages’, built in the midst of the zoo, hosted males, girls and kids, who occasionally stayed for months, appearing their ‘daily lives’ for millions of curious Danes.
This booklet attracts on particular archival fabric newly stumbled on in Copenhagen, together with pictures, documentary facts and newspaper articles, to provide new insights and views at the exhibitions either in Copenhagen and in different ecu towns. using post-colonial and feminist techniques to the fabric, the writer sheds clean mild at the staging of exhibitions, the everyday life of the exhibitees, the broader connections among indicates throughout Europe and the taking into consideration the time on concerns of race, technology, gender and sexuality.
A window onto modern racial understandings, Human Exhibitions offers interviews with the descendants of displayed humans, connecting the attitudes and technology of the earlier with either our (continued) sleek fascination with ‘the exotic’, and modern language and pop culture. As such, it is going to be of curiosity to students of sociology, anthropology and historical past operating within the components of gender and sexuality, race, whiteness and post-colonialism.