Chaos of Memories: Surviving Archives and the Ruins of History According to the Found Photo Foundation

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roush, paula (2016). Chaos of Memories: Surviving Archives and the Ruins of History According to the Found Photo Foundation. in: Gunilla Knape, Louise Wolthers and Niclas Ostlind (ed.) Art And Theory Publishing.
Authorsroush, paula
EditorsGunilla Knape, Louise Wolthers and Niclas Ostlind
Abstract

“Chaos of Memories: Surviving Archives and the Ruins of History According to the Found Photo Foundation” is a reflective essay drawn out of existing artistic practice.

The focus is the Found Photo Foundation, an experimental archive of orphan photography that mobilises vernacular and queer feminist models of the archive to document (in) visible lives.

The essay uses two moments of situated practice—organised around two particular exhibition projects—to examine ways in which the theory and practice of archival art challenge each other through reflective practice.

One is the exhibition “Dear Aby Warburg: What can be done with images? Dealing with Photographic Material” curated by Eva Schmidt at the Siegen Museum for Contemporary Art. The other is the display “The past persists in the present in the form of a dream (participatory architectures, archive, revolution)” curated by HS Projects for the exhibition Paradigm Store.

These two different curatorial contexts provide a framework to survey the creative processes within the Found Photo Foundation and reflect the diversity of media and archival methodologies deployed in the work with orphan photography, including the use of provisional taxonomies and the foregrounding of participatory tools.

CHAPTER IN THE BOOK
Order and Collapse: The Lives of Archives.
Editors: Gunilla Knape, Louise Wolthers, Niclas Östlind
192 pp., Bi-lingual English and Swedish
Published by: Photography at Valand Academy, University of Gothenburg/ Hasselblad Foundation and Art and Theory Publishing, 2016

Keywordsarchival art; memory trauma; artistic research; orphan photography; experimental archival practices; found photo foundation; msdm; paula roush; reflective practice; archival studies; photography
Year2016
PublisherArt And Theory Publishing
Photography at Valand Academy, University of Gothenburg
Hasselblad Foundation
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ISBN9789188031020
Publication dates
Print19 Apr 2016
Publication process dates
Deposited14 Feb 2017
Accepted19 Apr 2016
JournalORDER AND COLLAPSE THE LIVES OF ARCHIVES
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