FOLK – From racial types to DNA sequences

  • Photo: Åsa Maria Mikkelsen

    Photo: Åsa Maria Mikkelsen

  • Photo: Åsa Maria Mikkelsen

    Photo: Åsa Maria Mikkelsen

  • Photo: Åsa Maria Mikkelsen

    Photo: Åsa Maria Mikkelsen

  • Photo: Åsa Maria Mikkelsen

    Photo: Åsa Maria Mikkelsen

  • Photo: Åsa Maria Mikkelsen

    Photo: Åsa Maria Mikkelsen

  • Photo: Åsa Maria Mikkelsen

    Photo: Åsa Maria Mikkelsen

  • Photo: Åsa Maria Mikkelsen
  • Photo: Åsa Maria Mikkelsen
  • Photo: Åsa Maria Mikkelsen
  • Photo: Åsa Maria Mikkelsen
  • Photo: Åsa Maria Mikkelsen
  • Photo: Åsa Maria Mikkelsen

FOLK – From racial types to DNA sequences

People have been grouped based on their physical characteristics for hundreds of years. These groupings have led us to assume what people can and should do, and how they behave. Countless studies have been done; scientific investigations of people's evolution and variation, origins and histories. The exhibition FOLK invites you to explore cases from historical race science and contemporary genetic research on human biological diversity.

In FOLK you can investigate the interactions between science, society, and culture. How have studies on human diversity been affected by new technologies, different visions of health and medicine, political/economic inequalities and racial ideologies? What kind of consequences can this research have for society and the lives of individuals?

You are welcome to experience the exhibition on your own, or to participate in one of our thematic tours. It is also possible to book a group tour or school visit through the services for schools at Norsk Teknisk Museum. Welcome!

Exhibition period: 21 March 2018 – 15 December 2019.

Upcoming events and activities in FOLK

Vi er Norden – Performance lecture

What: Performance lecture
When: May 28, 2019
Facebook event

How do we shake off 500 years of colonial practice? Is it so ingrained in our cultural DNA that we unconsciously reproduce its narratives – also in art? The performance is a collaboration between Camara Lundestad Joof, Stina Aletta Aikio, Aka Niviana and Ingrid Tranum Velásquez. The language of the event is Norwegian.

The exhibition

Collecting and exhibiting

Explore how people and cultures have been stereotyped, romanticized, and evaluated, in the past, present, and future.

Scientific racism

Examine how science and politics have been entangled in race from the time of eugenics in the early 20th century to the Nazi policies of racial purity and genocide.

Measuring and classifying

Discover the people, institutions, scientific theories, and instruments used to measure and classify human bodies in the past.

Scientific anti-racism

Look into the efforts of scientists, activists, and politicians to combat racism after the 1940s.

Including and excluding

Find out how racial research fostered the categorization of people into “us” and “them.”

DNA-typing

Gain insight  into contemporary understandings of human biological diversity  and join the discussion on the possibilities and challenges  of  such research.