Lost and Found: Queerying the Archive

Museum Tusculanum Press, 2010 - 160 pages
This book presents a series of original queer theoretical and artistic contributions relating the archive and writing of history to gender and sexuality. What gets forgotten in history writing, what has been forgotten in archives, and what is excluded from cultural canons? The book investigates how experiences and histories not shared and lived by the majority are remembered and told in an alternative language. The book contains 4 essays and the works of 13 contemporary artists. In the article "Lost and Found: Queerying the Archive" the curators Jane Rowley and Louise Wolthers discuss the challenge posed to traditional archives and history writing by analysing the works of 13 contemporary artists represented in the book and eponymous exhibition. Analysing the strategies of speculation, flirtation and confrontation, art historian Mathias Danbolt then maps the role of the archive in the text "Touching History: Archival Relations in Queer Art and Theory". In her text "Photographing Objects: Art as Queer Archival Practice", the American cultural theorist Ann Cvetkovich discusses the role of art as an 'archive of feelings' based on the artists Tammy Rae Carland and Zoe Leonard. And in "The Art of Losing" the American literary theorist Heather Love emphasises the importance of the inclusion of loss, pain, isolation and loneliness in queer history writing -- experiences so often excluded from mainstream narratives of homosexual liberation. Beautifully bound in two sections, the book also presents works by the artists Elmgreen & Dragset (DK/NO), Tejal SHah (IN), Conny Karlsson (SE), Cecilia Barriga (CHI), Flemming Rolighed (DK), Aleesa Cohene (CA), Mary Coble (US), Kimberley Austin (US), Al Masson (DK/FR), Heidi LUnabba (FI) and Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay (CA). The publication is interspersed with excerpts from I Remember (1970) by the American poet Joe Brainard. Published to accompany the exhibition of the same name curated by Jane Rowley and Louise Wolthers at Nikolaj Copenhagen Center of Contemporary Art in Copenhagen and Bildmuseet in Umeaa, Sweden.

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