To compliment the exhibition “Power & Paper” we are running a seminar program titled “Contemporary Photography, Archives and Documented History”. Due to Covid-19 the seminar will be held partly online and partly live in Bodø in the autumn of 2021.
Artists and art theorists from Europe and Norway have been invited to discuss their own practices and experiences around the use of photographic archives to contextualise the program. The theme is concentrated around issues of photography, official/documented history, individual relationships with memory and history, concepts of manipulation, authenticity and authorship.
Can artists free the archived photographs and documents from their usual interpretations and thus redirect our common, ideologically charged narratives?
What happens during the transformation from public and institutional archive material to an exhibition transformed by artists? How does the presentation of archived images affect the collective understanding of history?