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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This looks such an interesting course. Tacita Dean explores amateur photography in Flohwhich is composed of images collected in flea markets in Europe and the United States. University of Chicago Press, International Center of Photography and Steidl Learn how your comment data is processed.

Over the past 30 years, successive generations have taken wide-ranging approaches to archives, most of them like Cornell concentrating on photographic and filmic collections. The photograph becomes the archhive 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.

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


An example of the way in which artists structure artistic thinking. Abdul Aziz holding a photograph of his brother, Mula Abdul Hakim Uses of arcbive Document in Contemporary Art Exh.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here A Publication of the College Art Association. For both Dean and Ruff, it is precisely the muteness of photographs that triggers their intensified circulation, and at the same fevver, that makes them such contested and unstable cultural objects.

Concise, critical reviews of books, exhibitions, efver projects in all areas and periods of art history and visual studies. International Center of Photography- Photography – pages. Very readable and informative.

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Visit the CAA Website. Really interesting piece and very informative. Encountering these iconic images feveer years after the event triggers different temporal registers in the viewer while investing these traumatic images with new geographical and historical perspectives. 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.

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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.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: My library Help Advanced Book Search. As everyone has mentioned a lot of interesting thoughts and archhive. 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.


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

Archive Fever: Uses of the Document in Contemporary Art

There are certainly plenty of nouns and adjectives to choose from there. 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. Recent Books in the Arts. Ivan Vladislavic has written and edited several nonfiction works on apartheid and art. You are archibe using your Facebook account.

Reviews and essays are licensed to the public under a under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4. 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.