Paola Ivanov is an anthropologist and a curator of the collections from East, North East, Central, and South Africa at the Ethnologisches Museum of Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. Her research, publications and exhibitions centre on art, aesthetics, visual/material culture, museum theory and provenance research, as well as on African history and global interconnectedness. One major focus of her studies is the relationship between translocality, aesthetics, and space on the Swahili coast of East Africa. Recently she has published the book “Die Verkörperung der Welt. Ästhetik, Raum und Gesellschaft im islamischen Sansibar” and, together with Kristin Weber-Sinn, the article „‘Collaborative’ provenance research: About the (im)possibility of smashing colonial frameworks“.