emancipation - education - representation - participation
Culture & Development is a non-profit organisation which aims primarily to support projects that try to preserve, protect and enhance cultural heritage and knowledge resources. Across boundaries, our association fosters artistic initiatives, preventive conservation and regeneration activities and scientific productions targeted to historic buildings and areas, artefacts or artistic expressions.
Culture & Development supports the Kogi people from Colombia in their struggle to reclaim ownership of their cultural heritage. Their hallows, the famous Tairona goldworks, were almost entirely stolen by grave robbers and sold to Western art collections. Legally, there is no basis that would legitimize their claims for restitution. The Tairona goldworks seem lost to their people. We want to change that. With the help of private donors, we purchase such hallows, piece by piece, and return them to the Kogi.
Thinking of photographs there is something important we must not forget. This important factor is imagination. Who doesn´t know the feeling of looking at photographs and imagining the people and situations the pictures refer to? Imagination is a form of consciousness that produces a mental image – says the philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre. Imagination is the manner of relating to people and objects...
Historic Regeneration: Walks for Antananarivo
Antananarivo, capital of Madagascar, spreads out over several hilltops. Due to its topography, the city shows many small paths and staircases. This is in particular true for the historic centre where most of the listed buildings can be found such as the ancient royal place (rova), the historic palace of the Prime Minister Andafiavaratara and many other historic domains.
Mémoire du Rail: Preservation and use of the heritage of the Malagasy railwayssystem
Extensive work has been carried out to provide us with a clearer picture of the tangible and intangible historical assets of the Malagasy railway system. This involved collecting and conserving documentary evidence (articles, photographs, films, etc.), oral evidence (interviews with former and recent employees) and physical evidence.
The value of heritage in Bermuda
Encouraged by Dr. Harris, renown archaeologist and Director of the Maritime Museum in Bermuda, Culture & Development captures the social, environmental and economic value of heritage assets on the islands. It aims to disclose the interest of Bermudian Society in heritage and provides local authorities with essential evidence and directions to adopt public funding strategies.