Stories and Threads: Perspectives on Art Archives

Edited by Sara Buraya Boned, Jennifer Fitzgibbon, and Sezin Romi

Graphic Design: Fontarte / Artur Frankowski, Magdalena Frankowska

ISBN 978-91-527-1342-6


  1. 1.
    Stories and Threads: Perspectives on Art Archives – Editors’ Introduction
  2. 2.
    Archives in the Making, for the Making
  3. 3.
    Code Name 136: The Institute of Regulating Institution’s Time
  4. 4.
    Public Library and the Return of the Repressed Memory of the World
  5. 5.
    Institution by Declaration (2022)
  6. 6.
    Instituent Declaration; For a Common Archival Policy: A Call for a Best Practices Agreement (2007)
  7. 7.
    Institutional Archiving Practices at the Museo Reina Sofía
  8. 8.
    Disseminating the MACBA Archive through Catalogue, Exhibition and Activities
  9. 9.
    Collections and Collecting Practices at the National Irish Visual Arts Library (NIVAL)
  10. 10.
    Tracing the Valand Archive: An Interview with Henrik Hamboldt and Katty Axelsson
  11. 11.
    Konst Arkiv
  12. 12.
    Attempts to Expose the Archive. From the Marchán/ Quevedo Archive to Espacio D of the Museo Reina Sofía Library
  13. 13.
    Archiving Ephemeral Art in Poland from before the Political Breakthrough of 1989
  14. 14.
    Things That Happen, Things That Remain. Story of a Project by Enric Farrés Duran with the MACBA’s Historical Archives
  15. 15.
    How can Co-ownership and Artels be Practiced in the Arts? A Conversation with Katya Ev and Agency
  16. 16.
    Art and Archive in the Age of Fake News
  17. 17.
    Architectural Openings: Becoming Archive
  18. 18.
    Surface Matters, or How to Engage Differently with the HIV/AIDS Archive
  19. 19.
    Aftereffects and Embodied Histories: Researching Performance Art in Ireland in the 1990s
  20. 20.
    The Archives of Moderna galerija, Ljubljana
  21. 21.
    The Temporary Slovenian Dance Archives. Fragments of an Archivist

Contemporary art archives are complex spaces criss-crossed and composed by a myriad of agents, from the archivist and the librarian to the researcher, from the curator to the artist, from the activists to the student, etc. and it is through their collaboration and cooperation that the archive becomes a meaningful tool to read the past and activate it in the present.

The Archives working group of L’internationale is dedicated to the exchange, reflection, and discussion of their practices and challenges, as archivists, librarians and curators for contemporary art institutions. This publication presents a series of reflections on experiences from inside the archives related to L’Internationale. There is no universal view or a general analysis here, but a series of perspectives that are rooted in concrete practices developed in recent years.

The publication examines some of the challenges facing archives today, while also highlighting how art archives are sites of contested agency. Instead of giving a normative and unequivocal view on what archives are and how they must work, Stories and Threads formulates questions on ownership, authority, recognition, access, distribution, and related topics that contribute to the collective efforts of the contributors to question and amplify the relevance of archives today, not least with view to their important role in producing our future.

Contributors: Agency, Kate Antosik-Parsons, Aimar Arriola, Katty Axelsson, Lotte Bode, Sara Buraya Boned, Damián Cabrera, Katia Ev, Enric Farrés Duran, Beatriz Fernández Rodríguez, Jennifer Fitzgibbon, Ida Hiršenfelder, Henrik Hamboldt, Jana Intihar Ferjan, Cathryn Klasto, Gloria López Cleries, Javiera Manzi A., Gema Marín Méndez, Marcell Mars, Tomislav Medak, Pedro Merchán Mateos, Teja Merhar, Sarp R. Özer, İz Öztat, Daniel Pecharromán Calvo, Sabina Povšič, Red Conceptualismos del Sur, Elisabet Rodríguez, Sezin Romi, Carolina Santamarina, Steven ten Thije, Marta Vega, Rok Vevar, and Rita Zamora Amengual.