Keyword: Alban Bensa

Paris pays a timely homage to the art and 'the word' of the Kanaks

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Monnaie et son étui (milieu du XXe siècle) © Musée du quai Branly, photo Claude Germain Monnaie et son étui (milieu du XXe siècle) © Musée du quai Branly, photo Claude Germain

Just as New Caledonia, the furthest-flung French territory, is about to embark on the final steps for self-determination, the Quai Branly museum in Paris has timely put together a rich and wide-ranging exhibition of the art and culture of the archipelago’s indigenous Kanak population that reveals a people debunking 160 years of colonialism and redefining themselves. Joseph Confavreux outlines the political context of the show, and calls on anthropologist Alban Bensa, an authority on Kanak culture, to decode the exhibition’s vast array of exhibits.