Whatever You Throw at the Sea… is a research-derived audio-visual project by Johannesburg-based artist and researcher Zara Julius. Having critically engaged the collections of the Weltmuseum Wien and those of the Phonogrammarchiv at ÖAW (Austrian Academy of Sciences) during a research residency in the summer of 2022, the project eventually culminates in an installation at Weltmuseum Wien in April 2023. Zara Julius’s work considers the ways communities in Africa and the African diaspora have been at the literal frontlines of both ecological and cultural pillaging.
Whatever You Throw at the Sea is part of the TAKING CARE – Ethnographic and World Cultures Museums as Spaces of Care project. TAKING CARE focuses on ethnographic and global culture museums in the search for potential strategies for researching possible connections between ethnographic collections and questions revolving around the climate crisis and the Anthropocene. This also involves questions in connection with the afterlife of colonialism. The exhibition is free and takes place in the zam, the new participatory space of the Weltmuseum Wien.