Politiska pelargoner och berättande blomster - en fenomenologisk studie av krukväxters funktion i kulturhistoriska museimiljöer
Sammanfattning: The focus in this master thesis is put on a relatively invisible everyday object: potted plants. The thesis highlights them as museal objects and study their cultural history and then investigate how cultural history museums use them in their communication with their audience. The aim of my thesis is to investigate how indoor plants are used in the staging and recreation of cultural-historical environments and describe what consequences their presence in the exhibitions means for the collective memory and the creation of our common history. The study includes observations of both Danish and Swedish cultural history museums and interviews with those responsible for the exhibitions and with the visitors. As theoretical framework I have used, genders studies scholar Sara Ahmed's theories of queer phenomenology and the cultural theorists Aleida and Jan Assmann's theories of cultural memory. The result of my investigation shows that potted plants exist in the museums exhibitions in dependence partly on the museum's practical prerequisites and in relation to the competence of the plants history matter context. The examined museums show an understanding of the cultural history of the plants and that stories are managed in the museum's collection, but the stories are not always visible in the exhibitions. A bearing function the plants have is to provide the museums an aesthetic value and it is therefore important that the plants in the exhibitions are green and lush. However, this ends up in conflict with the claim of authenticity that are connected to the depicted homes. Authentic homes are rarely perfect with always viable plants, but without wilting and ugly flowers, the more norm-breaking homes, where everything is not perfect, is being invisible.
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