Archive Fever: Uses of the Document in Contemporary. Exhibition organized by Okwui Enwezor for the I. Photography, New York, N.Y. 18 January-4 May Mr. Enwezor’s “Archive Fever” is up there with it. It has something like the same suspenseful pace, without the focused story line. The archive of. Archive Fever: Uses of the Document in Contemporary Art, curated by Okwui Enwezor, explores a variety of ways in which contemporary artists.

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Was it Joseph Cornell’s dossiers on ballerinas and artists that first proposed the model of the archive as a creative storehouse, a vehicle for the ordering of chaotic fragments?

A Freudian Impressiontrans. But perhaps this is not archivr failure of the exhibition, but of the political present, in which the viability of art as a critical practice is precisely what is at stake.

rever To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Email required Address never made public. These images offer a wide-ranging subject matter, but are linked by the artists’ shared meditation on photography and film as the quintessential media of the archive. You are commenting using your Twitter account.

The Collection is held at Liverpool Central Library. I wish you would stop posting such interesting things!

Okwui Enwezor is a Nigerian curator, art critic, writer, poet and educator, specializing in art history, living in New York City and Munich where he is the director of the Haus der Kunst non-collecting art museum.


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Each photograph shows a hand holding a tiny passport photograph of a family member who died during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. From inside the book.

Archive Fever: Uses of the Document in Contemporary Art

As Enwezor explains in the catalogue, in this political work the document is turned into a monument, an altarpiece for death A mechanism of time travel through which we return to the past, compiling indexes of comparisons and tables of facts that generate their own public and private meanings p.

For artists, of course, these imperatives provoke all kinds of exciting opportunities for eccentricity and falsification, and the works included herein take many forms, including physical archives arranged by bizarre cataloguing methods, imagined biographies of fictitious persons, collections of found and anonymous photographs, film versions of photographic albums and photomontages composed from historical photographs.

What follows is my summary of what struck me as points to consider.

Photography and the Archive Photography is simultaneously the documentary evidence and the archival record of such transactions — Because the camera is literally an archiving machine, every photograph, every film is a priori an archival object. April 23, Okwui Enwezor Archive Fever: Organized and written by renowned scholar and ICP Adjunct Curator Okwui Enwezor, and taking its title from Jacques Derrida’s book of the same name, “Archive Fever” gathers leading contemporary artists who use archival materials in the fabrication of their work.

5. Okwui Enwezor writing on the archive Fever Exhibition 2008

No eBook available Amazon. Gabriele Guercio has written works on modern and contemporary art as well as the history of art theory. Subscribe to CAA Newsletter. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Over the past 30 years, arcchive generations have taken wide-ranging approaches to archives, most of them archiev Cornell concentrating on photographic and filmic collections.

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Yet, as Enwezor acknowledges, an interest in the critical logic of the archive is nothing new and was already prevalent in modern and postmodern art.

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My further thoughts are included in italics. You are commenting using your WordPress. Reviews and essays are licensed to the public under a under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4. Installed in its own room, the piece is composed of one hundred front pages of international newspapers published a day after the destruction of the World Trade Center.

Really interesting piece and very informative. One the one hand, the strictly American perspective on the event is decentralized in a way that potentially changes its political and collective meanings; on the other hand, one is made aware of the horrifying events that followed: There is a freedom in that though to make of it what you will, to de-construct received wisdom and look at it another way.