Sound Stories from the Andaman & Nicobar Islands
In January and February 2022 the curator, ethnomusicologist and media producer Rolf Killius conducted research on the Andaman & Nicobar Islands for an exhibition project to be staged at the Grassi Ethnological Museum in Leipzig, Germany.
The main topic of the exhibition is to display different natural and cultural facets of these island groups, such as ecology, natural beauty and disasters, climate change, peopling of the island, tourism, the music and dance, animal world and impact of industrialisation and traffic.
The exhibition display combines few historical objects from the Museum’s collection (such as Hentakoi and Kareau from the Nicobar islands) with newly made sound recordings and photographs. The main intention is that each exhibition visitor should have an immersive experience, which is both: aesthetically pleasing and thought-provoking.
In this project Rolf Killius collaborates with the Nicobari community leader Rasheed Yusuf and members of other communities and personalities based on these Islands.
The exhibition is part of the Grassi’s Reinventing Project: