Mwazulu Diyabanza

Mwazulu Diyabanza

Activist

Mwazulu Diyabanza
By June 30, 2021 8:00 AM

The global conversation surrounding the restitution of looted objects to their countries of origin is multifaceted, at times very complicated and laden down with bureaucratic delays and byzantine ordinances. Enter Mwazulu Diyabanza, a restitution activist who’s managed to cut through the noise and capture the world’s attention in the most straightforward way: Diyabanza enters museums and art spaces across Europe, removes artwork belonging to ethnographic collections stolen from former colonies and often streams himself doing so live. Diyabanza has repeatedly faced charges for his actions, but his brilliant embodiment of the human stakes of restitution have made the issue far more legible for everyone who’s watching. Despite legal challenges, the activist isn’t backing down. “We haven’t changed our strategy,” Diyabanza told Observer over Instagram DM in French. “We are working on the next actions.” 

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