thanks to Cristina Baldacci, Clara Madaro, Federica Artioli, Aria Spinelli, Pietro Gaglianò, Arianna Arcara and Luca Santese, Cosimo Veneziano, Amirali Ghasemi, Pietro Gaglianò, Eva Frapiccini, Alfredo Paternoster, Giovanni Gaggia, Silvia Margaria, Silvia Simoncelli, Maria Teresa Roberto, Aurora Paolillo, Tara Kaboli, Diego Marcon, Shirin Sabahi, Arash Fayez, Bijan Moosavi, Claudia Parwaneh Djabbari, Anahita Norouzi, Shahrzad Changalvaee, Asad Faulwell, Ala Ebtekar, Aylene Fallah, Sona Safaei-Sooreh, Najaf Shokri, Foad Rahnama, Mahammad Ghazali, Mohsen Shahmardi, Behnam Sadighi, Abolfazl Talooni, Ali Zanjani, Nader Koochaki, Alireza Hesaraki, Parham Taghioff, Mahmoud Bakhshi Moakhar, Farshid Azarang, Clelia Rainone, Fereshte Moosavi and Benjamin Rosati.
from Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
#archiveseries has allowed me to invite debating on the theme of archive, a theme that is more timely than ever, engrossing, on which I have suggested to reflect fearlessly, to grasp how vast the intellectual landscape is on a social and political, as well as artistic level. Far from proposing facile social-political assonances, #archiveseries starts from an exhibition project to collect and analyze the very essence of the disruptive potential and awareness that characterize the concept of archive, through the affirmation of singularity, choices, travels and encounters. The archive theorist Eric Ketalaar has described this view of the archive as, “by the people, of the people, for the people”. This is what I wanted to do, to tell the story of dissent through its protagonists, comparing them and seeking analogies excluding any sort of critical intentionality, highlighting the will to open a debate on the issue and on the imaginary of the contemporary in border areas, on the courses of migration, in the interstices of a new identity (re)definition, through formal and ontological associations, riding over personal connotations and geographical categorizations. This reveals imaginaries of taxonomic landscape that seems to be the core of a reality in tension between experience and narration. The archive is intended as a starting point to document the critical aspects of our society stressing the responsibility for this “commitment”, but also outlining a specific psychological space. In line with the democratic and inclusive nature of the archive able to adapt to social, political and technological dynamic changes, the project will continue in other places and with other forms, permanently “in progress”. Each contribution is a piece in a vast puzzle, or a fragment of a story that is gradually discovered, that has no conclusion and that increases our own discovery of the exceptional and unofficial figures who are situated over time in the interstices of the memory. A simple feeling speaks about the value, the importance of everything, this is the memory associated with all the events connected to each experience. In our memory everything becomes equally valuable and significant. All points of our recollections are tied to one another. They form chains and connections in our memory which ultimately comprise the story of life. According to Sue Breakell there are perhaps some connections to be made between this fascination with archives and a widespread sense that within Western capitalist societies we are surrounded by stuff but uncertain about what is significant. Anyhow #archiveseries conversations were not directed to an univocal explanation of meaning, but rather to ask questions, identify coincidences and inconsistencies, initiate a debate and for this I have to thank all those who responded to my invitation.
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