What do we mean when we turn to curate an archive? How does one work with an archive when it is a collection of text, image and audio stored on a website in the global interconnected world of the Internet? What are the longings to understand, re-present, re-build, and share an archive? What are the resistance strategies and survival structures for threatened memories to be re-collected through narration and context?
Keeping these queries in mind CURATE ARCHIVE; an online residency programme open to artists/curators/cultural practitioners, intends to operate as a dialogical structure to enunciate possibilities and impossibilities of working with archive, providing opportunities for a re-presentation of its extensive archive within a curatorial approach.
Since the launch of MOP Foundation Contemporary Art Prize in 2008, every two years hundreds of portfolios are submitted by emerging Iranian artists, cultivating a thought-provoking collection of visual/audio/text-based material on its website. Through CURATE ARCHIVE a curator, appointed every four-month will experiment with this archive to re-activate its contingent device and continuously alter its formation. Operating within such field of visible/invisibility while interrupting and preserving, each online residency aims to inhibit forgetting and re-approach disappearance differently.