Memories Gone Wild
FICTIVE ARCHIVE INVESTIGATIONS
For the Memories Gone Wild exhibition, 16 artists and researchers who make up the Fictive Archive Investigations international group present their personal and collaborative research, which is situated on the fictive borders of the archives.
Élise Billiard Pisani & Margerita Pulè – Philippe Black – Balthazar Blumberg – Giordano Bruno Do Nascimento – Juan Cárdenas – Alexis Choplain & Noëlie Plé – Céline Cuvelier – Claire Ducène – Patrick Gaïaudo – Cecilia Hurtado – Stéphanie Roland – Agata Skupniewicz – Sam Vanoverschelde – Julian Walker
Curatrice – Curator Claire Ducène
The archive, seen as a repository of information about one or more individuals, an organisation or a place, helps build what we perceive as truth. It attests to a tangible past: its position is concrete, it is unassailable and it is authoritative. However, its selectivity alone betrays its subjectivity. The processes of preservation, accumulation, sorting, acquisition and cataloguing include absences, losses and destruction, making the archive inherently incomplete, always open.
It is this openness, this space, that can be inhabited by the artistic field. The archive can become a mine of creative research. The works presented here take various forms: installations, drawings, photographs, collages, but all use the archive as a gateway to fiction.
The exhibition, a metaphor for the processes of memory, takes visitors into a fictional work peopled by imaginary characters, some, but not all of them, inspired by real events.