An Archive, But Not An Atlas
Curator: Liz Ikiriko
Artists: Alex Jacobs-Blum, Curtiss Randolph, Camille Rojas, Eve Tagny
Softcover, 6"x 9"
Published by Critical Distance Centre for Curators, 2020
An Archive, But Not An Atlas is a group exhibition that explores personal and social histories as they are unearthed through movement, gesture, language, and land. Four emerging artists address unconscious memory as it is embodied across generations and geographies. Through photography, performance, and film, the artists’ knowledge is rooted in observing subtleties expressed in familial, domestic, or cultural locations.
For many marginalized people the denial of dominant culture to acknowledge inherent, embodied knowledge, acts as a form of erasure. The trauma experienced by the denial of intrinsic relationships to self and land becomes a silencing force, muting creative production. Art critic/historian Hal Foster writes of the incompleteness of the archive as a bridge between the found and the constructed, the factual and the fictional, the public and private. To accept this amorphous state is to accept multiple ways of knowing one’s past, present, and future. An Archive, But Not An Atlas makes space for these four artists to cultivate power and presence through body and land as they converse with history.
An Archive, But Not An Atlas was a Featured Exhibition of the 2019 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, and is presented in dialogue with Developing Historical Negatives, curated by Gabrielle Moser for Gallery 44. These thematically linked exhibitions investigate how artists engage the archive to question experiences of belonging, displacement, and situatedness in the Canadian landscape. Mining both personal and institutional narratives, the projects activate overlooked and marginalized histories, drawing attention to their ongoing resonance in the present.
Featuring works by Alex Jacobs-Blum, Curtiss Randolph, Camille Rojas, and Eve Tagny, as well as texts by Liz Ikiriko and Magdalyn Asimakis.
Designed by Marta Ryzcko, featuring a special risograph dust cover printed by Vide Press.