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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To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: From inside the book. As Enwezor explains in the catalogue, in this political work the document is turned into a monument, an altarpiece for death 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.

What follows is my summary of what struck me as points to consider. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Abdul Aziz holding a photograph of his brother, Mula Abdul Hakim This looks such an interesting course. Uses of the Document in Contemporary Art. An example of the way in which artists structure artistic thinking.

Ivan Vladislavic has written and edited several nonfiction works on apartheid and art. Pleased you found it helpful. As everyone has mentioned a lot of interesting thoughts and threads.

Archive Fever: Uses of the Document in Contemporary Art

Subscribe to CAA Newsletter. You are commenting using your Twitter account. That is, the wrchive 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. Please send comments about this review to editor. Each fevrr shows a hand holding a tiny passport photograph of a family member who died during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.


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.

Account Options Sign in. I have only referred to a few of the artists included in the Exhibition, all of whom are fascinating and I became very absorbed archove their work, some of which I may come back to later in Part 2.

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Keep up the good work but stop distracting me! Okwui Zrchive is a Nigerian curator, art critic, writer, poet and educator, specializing in art history, living in New York City and Munich where he is the director of the Haus der Kunst non-collecting art museum. 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.

Gabriele Guercio has written works on modern and contemporary art as well as the history of art theory.

By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. But perhaps this is not the failure fwver the exhibition, but of the political present, in which the viability of art as a critical practice is precisely what is at stake.

For both Dean and Ruff, it is precisely the muteness of photographs that triggers their intensified circulation, and at the same time, that makes them such contested and unstable cultural objects. The original image is enlarged, cropped, and silkscreened while encaustic is applied to its purplish surface. 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.


Uses of the Document in Contemporary Artcurated by Okwui Enwezor, explores a ffver of ways in which contemporary artists appropriate, investigate, and reconfigure archival materials and structures.

A Freudian Impressiontrans. Recent Books in the Arts. 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 endezor A Publication of the College Art Association.

5. Okwui Enwezor writing on the archive Fever Exhibition 2008

You are commenting using your Facebook account. International Qrchive of Photography- Photography – pages. 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.

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. As Derrida notes, the Greek etymology of “archive” connotes both “commencement” and “commandment,” implying that authority is as much at stake as authenticity. Like Liked by 1 person. April 23, Okwui Enwezzor Archive Fever: This site uses Akismet to reduce spam.