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The Archive – Documents, Objects and Desires

Project Exhibition opening Friday 1. April 16.00-18.00 at Inter Arts Center White Room and Annex on third floor.

The exhibition is open on Saturday 2. April between 12.00-16.00

This project exhibition shows works by Critical & Pedagogical Studies MFA & MFA students from Malmö Art Academy developed in relation to the participants own individual practice and in response to the course 'The Archive – Documents, Object and Desires led by Matts Leiderstam and Maj Hasager between December 2015-April 2016.

Participating Artists :

ieke Trinks
Elena Strempek
Mads Juel
Johan Lundqwist
Karen Bohoj
Max Ockborn
Lucy Smalley
Angel Nunez
Kezia Pritchard
Francis Patrick Brady
Youngjae Lih

Hal Foster defines in his essay The Archival Impulse (2004) “archival art” as a genre where “archival artists seek to make historical information, often lost or displaced, physically present. To this end they elaborate on the found image, object, and favor the installation format.” As the archive can inhabit a multitude of forms and collections that have been deemed historically relevant for preservation, artists making use of the archive can do so in a variety of forms, and possibilities. The translation and interpretation of material and objects can function as the foundation for an artistic process. In the words of Jan Verwoert, the material is being “certified” due to the selection process, even though there is no scientific validation that takes place. The material, such as texts, sound recordings, images, objects and so forth become documents by the very act of being included and categorized into an archive.

During the course “The Archive – Documents, Objects and Desire” we have looked into ways of thinking through the archive, how to approach different archives as well as research methodologies for an art practice. Furthermore, visiting lecturers such as: Jacqueline Hoang Nguyen, Katarina Eismann, Joachim Koester and Karl-Magnus Johansson have introduced different approaches to thinking through the archive.

Friday 1. April opening : 16.00 - 18.00 and we continue to gallery KHM at Ydstadvägen 22, Malmö

Saturday open times : 12.00 - 16.00


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