Thursday, 23 January 2014

Face|Off: The Conservator as Cultural Arbiter, by V. Applebaum

'Conservation professionals must assimilate varying values to ensure their work reflects respect for the identity of the community who claims ownership of an object or site. While circumstances and issues can differ for a conservator, the results of their work are a demonstration of the tenuous compromise between professional and personal values. Competing and conflicting values of aesthetics, commemoration and political sensitivity become part of the conservator's arbitration, especially when dealing with sensitive subjects such as cultural heritage and identity.'

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