«The Other Nefertiti» is a conceptual art piece deconstructing singularity and originality as well as ownership: «With the data leak as a part of this counter narrative within our investigative practice we want to activate the artefact, to inspire a critical re-assessment of today’s conditions and to overcome the colonial notion of possession in Germany‘s museums». With regard to the notion of belonging and possession of material objects of other cultures, the artists intention is to make cultural objects publicly accessible and to promote a contemporary and critical approach on how the Global North deals with heritage and the representation of ‚the Other‘. «We should tell stories of entanglement and Nefertiti is a great case to start with to tell stories from very different angles and to see how they intertwine.»
In the course of the artistic intervention Nefertiti returned to the place where it was found. For the first time since the sculpture was excavated and stolen over 100 years ago, the iconic artefact was shown in Cairo in November 2015. The artists exhibited in Something-Else Off Biennale in Cairo a 3D-Print made out of this most precise scan ever made public of the original head of Nefertiti. The piece will partly remain in Egypt at the American University in Cairo as a permanent installation.
Nora Al Badri & Jan Nikolai Nelles
3D printed sculpture/intervention