The Archive: As Static, Embodied, and Practiced

May 24–25, 2013

Accra, Ghana

This Clark seminar—convened by Bisi Silva, Director, Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos—was sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and was a collaboration between the Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos, the Foundation for Contemporary Art, Ghana, and the Clark. The seminar addressed the critical methodologies and histories which underpin both artistic and curatorial research and practices. 
The event encouraged participating artists and curators to consider the possibilities for interacting with archives in their practices. Program participants were expected to pursue projects that engage pertinent issues concerning the role of locality in processes of constructing and engaging the archive. Further, the seminar considered the critical role that archives play as repositories of “official” records through which a collective history is told. Whose stories and what histories are missing from archives? How do we research other narratives that are not recorded, that have no voice, or are not advocated?


In order of discussion

Friday, May 24
Bisi Silva and David Breslin - audio
A Selection of Works 
Carla Zaccagnini - audio
Constituting, Contesting, Critiquing the African Archive 
Tamar Garb - audio
A Means of Surviving: On Christopher D’Arcangelo 
David Breslin - audio
Screening: Spectres
Sven Augustijen 
Saturday, May 25
On the Photographic Archive of Alf Kumalo 
Jabulani Pereira - audio

Archive in my practice, past, present and future 
Godfried Donkor - audio  
Archives and the Moderna galerija, Ljubljana 
Bojana Piskur - audio
Closing discussion

Participants included

Sven AugustijnenArtist
David BreslinThe Clark
Godfried DonkorArtist
Tamar GarbUniversity College London
Jabulani PereiraIndependent Curator and Cultural Activist
Bojana PiškurModerna galerija
Bisi SilvaCentre for Contemporary Art, Lagos
Carla ZaccagniniArtist