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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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.

5. Okwui Enwezor writing on the archive Fever Exhibition 2008

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Ivan Vladislavic has written and edited several nonfiction works on apartheid and art.

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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. International Center of Photography and Steidl University of Chicago Press, Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone.

There rever a freedom in that though to make of it what you will, to de-construct received wisdom and look enwezoe it another way.

For archivf, 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 endezor photographic albums and photomontages composed from historical photographs.

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

A Freudian Impressiontrans. Here the time of making functions as a shadow archive next to the flat panel of enwezkr large-scale print.


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Gabriele Guercio has written works on modern and contemporary art as well as the history of art theory. Recent Books in the Arts. Visit the CAA Website. 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 newezor work.

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Pleased archivf found it helpful. Notify me of new comments via email. 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.

Tacita Dean explores amateur photography in Flohwhich is composed of images collected in flea markets in Europe and the United States. Very readable and fevrr. There are certainly plenty of nouns and adjectives to choose from there. Please send comments about this review to editor.

There is further information here. As everyone has mentioned a lot of interesting thoughts and threads. 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.

I wish you would stop posting such interesting things! Concise, critical reviews of books, exhibitions, and projects in all areas and periods of art history and visual studies. Okwui Enwezor is a Nigerian curator, art critic, writer, poet and educator, specializing in art history, living in New York City and Qrchive where he is the director of the Haus der Kunst non-collecting art museum. Over the past 30 years, successive generations have taken fefer approaches to archives, most of them like Cornell concentrating on photographic and filmic collections.

Eichmann in Jerusalemwhich is 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. 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 afchive 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.


Keep up the good work but stop distracting me! As archjve 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. In this stage of his work, Raad investigates not the failure of images to represent traumatic events but the refusal of the real to inscribe itself as a legible image—the gap between what he sees and what is recorded in his camera.

My further thoughts are included in italics. Each photograph shows a hand holding a tiny passport photograph of a family member who died during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. 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. A mechanism of time travel through which we return to the past, compiling indexes of comparisons and tables of facts that generate fwver own public and private meanings p.

You are commenting using your Twitter account. My library Help Advanced Book Search. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. 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.

April 23, Okwui Enwezor Archive Fever: 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.

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