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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Uses of the Document in Contemporary Art Exh. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. 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.

Recent Books in the Arts. Others are more concerned with photographs as ethnographic objects in themselves. Routledge,a regulatory discursive system, a set of a priori historical rules that determine the conditions of possibility for statements, i.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. The original image is enlarged, cropped, and silkscreened while encaustic is applied to its purplish surface. An example of the way in which artists structure artistic thinking.

Very readable and informative. 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.

Here the time of making functions as a shadow archive next to the flat panel of the large-scale print. International Center of Photography- Photography – pages. Encountering these iconic images seven years after the event triggers different temporal registers in the viewer while investing these traumatic images with new geographical and historical perspectives. Gabriele Guercio has written works on modern and contemporary art as well as the enwdzor of art theory.


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

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Within this critical project the archive served as both a theoretical term and a descriptive one in the analysis of projects by artists such as Marcel Duchamp and Marcel Broodthaers, both of whose work is constructed as an archive in order to dismantle the idea of a coherent artistic identity as well as to criticize the museum as an institution that regulates the cultural and symbolic currency of artworks.

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

A Freudian Impressiontrans. 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. Keep up the good work but stop distracting me! Please send comments about this review to editor. Really interesting piece and very informative. Like Liked by 1 person.

5. Okwui Enwezor writing on the archive Fever Exhibition 2008

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: Account Options Sign in. From inside the book. Uses of the Document in Contemporary Artcurated by Okwui Enwezor, explores a variety of ways in which contemporary artists appropriate, investigate, and reconfigure archival materials and structures.

Visit the CAA Website. It just seemed a natural thing to do. The Collection is held at Liverpool Central Library.

My further thoughts are included in italics. I look at the photographs in my archive and, in remembering and recollecting, re-create different versions of my history Beyond the realm of the snapshot is another empire … connected to a more regulative, bureaucratic, institutional order that invigilates and exercises control over bodies and identities.

International Center of Photography and Steidl There is further information here. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: 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. 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.

Hi Jan, I do think it ties in very much with Documentary of whatever kind.

Tacita Dean explores amateur photography in Flohwhich is composed of images collected in flea markets fveer Europe and the United States. As everyone has mentioned a lot of interesting thoughts and threads.

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