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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International Center of Photography- Photography – pages. Learn how your comment data is processed. I have only referred to a few of the artists included in the Exhibition, all of whom are fascinating and I became very absorbed in their work, some feevr which I may come back to later in Part 2.

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Here the time of making rachive as a shadow archive next to the flat panel of the large-scale print. Gabriele Guercio archjve written works on modern and contemporary art as well as the history of art theory.

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: Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: 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.


Tacita Dean explores amateur photography in Flohwhich is composed of images collected in flea markets in Europe and the United States. You are commenting using your WordPress.

Hi Jan, I do think it ties in very much with Documentary of whatever kind. There is further information here. 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. Very readable and informative. That is, the work pushes the assumed rationality of the archive to its limit by using an image of an event like the Holocaust that challenges received notions of proof and witnessing.

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. International Center of Photography and Steidl 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.

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The original image is enlarged, cropped, and silkscreened while encaustic is applied to its purplish surface. My library Help Advanced Book Search.

This looks such an interesting course. Uses of the Document in Contemporary Art.

Each photograph shows a hand holding a tiny passport photograph of a family member who died during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. A Freudian Impressiontrans. Subscribe to CAA Newsletter. University of Chicago Press, Archive Fever also includes works by artists such as Walid Raad, whose investigation of the document and its relation to historical representation is achieved through the employment of the fictional.


This site uses cookies. As Enwezor explains in the catalogue, in this political work the document is turned into a monument, an altarpiece for death 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?

Archive Fever: Uses of the Document in Contemporary Art

As the exhibition suggests, this dynamic underlines the practice of many contemporary artists who either read archival documents against the grain or create new kinds of archives in which this epistemological problematic is explicitly evoked. Abdul Aziz holding a enwexor of his brother, Mula Abdul Hakim The photograph becomes the sovereign analogue of identity, memory, and history, joining past and present, virtual and real, thus giving the photographic document the aura of an anthropological artefact and the authority of a social instrument.

An example of the way in which artists structure artistic thinking. Over the past 30 years, successive generations have taken wide-ranging approaches to archives, archivve of them like Arcchive From inside the book. April 23, Okwui Enwezor Archive Fever: It just seemed a natural thing to do.

Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. 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.

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