Link: Archiving Memory.
“In the popular imagination, the idea of an archive may well inspire a vision of an enormous room in a government building filled with rows of file cabinets, presided over by a bad-tempered Dickensian clerk, and occupied by a few pale-skinned scholars poring over yellowed, crumbling documents. This caricature does no justice to the archives of today, with their climate-controlled environments, computerized records, and interest in going beyond preservation to exhibition and engagement with the general public.
Archiving Memory is a temporary site-specific public artwork that addresses the cultural role of archives and important issues surrounding history and memory. It underscores the significance of photographs in an individual’s life by reminding us of how a person, when threatened by war, persecution, and exile, will take determined measures to save personal photographs. It also stresses the role photographs—and archives—play in cultural preservation, demonstrating how private images and memories can contribute to a shared public sense of history…..” -Archiving Memory