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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Email required Address never made public. Visit the CAA Website. Was it Joseph Cornell’s dossiers on ballerinas and artists that first proposed the model adchive the archive as a creative storehouse, a vehicle for the ordering of chaotic fragments? 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.

5. Okwui Enwezor writing on the archive Fever Exhibition 2008

Others are more concerned with photographs as ethnographic objects in themselves. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. A Freudian Impressiontrans. 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 of which I may come back to later in Part 2.

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It just seemed a natural thing to do. Subscribe to CAA Newsletter.

Very readable and informative. 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. You are commenting using your Facebook fevver. Here the time of making functions as a shadow archive next to the flat panel of the large-scale print. Uses of the Document in Contemporary Art. My further thoughts are included in italics. You are commenting using your Twitter account.


The original image is enlarged, cropped, and silkscreened while encaustic is applied to its purplish surface. Eichmann in Jerusalemwhich fevrr composed from the footage of the trial in Jerusalem of Adolf Eichmann, the Nazi officer who coordinated the deportation of the Jews to their death.

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: This looks such an interesting course.

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

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 Efver where he is the director of the Haus der Kunst non-collecting art museum. You are commenting using your WordPress.

Abdul Aziz holding a photograph of his brother, Mula Abdul Hakim Recent Books in the Arts. 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. Like Liked by 1 person. Uses of the Document in Contemporary Art Exh. 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.


But perhaps this is not the 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. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here What follows is my summary of what struck me as points arxhive consider.

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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 Fevwr Duchamp and Marcel Broodthaers, both of whose work is constructed as an archive in order to dismantle the fevef of a coherent arhive identity as well as to criticize the museum as an institution that regulates the cultural and symbolic currency of artworks.

This site uses cookies. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Hi Jan, I do think it ties in very much with Documentary of whatever kind. Notify me of new comments via email. 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. Over the past 30 years, successive generations have taken wide-ranging approaches to archives, xrchive of them like Cornell concentrating on photographic and filmic collections.

As Derrida notes, the Greek etymology of “archive” connotes both “commencement” and “commandment,” implying that authority is as much at stake as authenticity.