September 23 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Archival Practices in the Arts and the Struggle Against Oppression
Masahat and the National Museum invite you to a conversation on archival practices in the Auditorium, with contributions from the founder of Creative Memory of the Syrian Revolution Sana Yazigi, the Egyptian artist, curator and independent publisher Maha Maamoun and the Norwegian artist Sille Storihle, moderated by Khaled Fahmy.
Why do artists deploy archives and archival practices as a creative methodology? Why do we need to remember and what is worth revisiting from the past? How do we archive and what relation to the future do we build through archival acts? What do we include, who do we exclude? How can archives be the building blocks for how we construct or revise history?
In the last decades, artistic engagement with archives has explored different facets of memory and remembering as social and political acts. Archival interests have especially been prominent amongst artists who seek to challenge state-sanctioned archival practices by questioning official deployments of archival memory as a site of violence against certain excluded groups and communities. Artistic archival memory may collect, recollect, recall and insist to tell about moments and modes of repression practiced by the state and its official historians.
This panel addresses the question of archives as a tool for dissident forms of artistic expression. We bring two curators, an artist, and a historian engaged in dissident remembering practices to explore the potential of archives as tools of protest as well as sites of memory work that re-members social bonds against the fragmentation imposed by the state on disenfranchised communities.
The event is comprised of short presentations of ongoing practices of archives and archiving from Syria, Egypt as well as local Norwegian artistic engagement with archival memory as a critical modality against a history of marginalization and political disenfranchizement.
Prior to the panel, there will be a special guided tour in the National museum where Mikael Munz Bakketun will present a collection of work that tackles the questions of history, archive and political struggles. The guided tour starts at 13.00, and is free for those who have an entry ticket to the museum. More information about the tour can be found here.