“Artists are people driven by the tension between the desire to communicate and the desire to hide.” (D.W. Winnicott)
An archive is typically presented as an ordered record, chronologically divided and understood: in the case of MOP CAP, between shortlisted artists, finalists and, ultimately, a winning artist. Exploring individual archival entries in relation to that of other artists within the archive suggests new possibilities previously unnoticed.
An archive, by nature of its chronological order, presents a structure as a starting point. By reaching across the existing framework and looking for fresh ‘conversations’ between artists and their work it is possible to re-structure the archive as we understand it, revealing new similarities, differences, meanings, sometimes challenging our understanding of work and sometimes reinforcing it.
Imagine now the archive as a deck of cards, each card representing one of the artists within the archive. The deck can be rearranged, used to play games with or to build a ‘House of Cards’ out of. It is possible to ‘shuffle the deck’ and re-structure the archive as we understand it, revealing new similarities and differences.
Re-ordering the cards can produce new connections and suggest new dialogues. This is the starting point for the curatorial residency of November 2017 – February 2018.