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Archives: A Work in Progress Ashwani Sharma, Sonia Hope, Nayia Yiakoumaki

08 Feb 2011

Discussion on the 'institutionalisation' of art and the role of the archive in documenting recent art histories

A conversation exploring the ‘institutionalisation’ of art and the role of the archive in documenting recent art histories, with speakers Ashwani Sharma, Althea Greenan and Nayia Yiakoumaki.


Ashwani Sharma is principal lecturer in media and cultural studies in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of East London. He is co-editor of the online journal darkmatter, and co-editor of Disorienting Rhythms: The Politics of the New Asian Dance Music. He is presently working on a book on race, memory and visual culture in global times.

Sonia Hope manages all aspects of Iniva’s library and information services, including archive materials. She worked at The Women’s Library as an Information Librarian until March 2010. She is currently researching theories of authorship in the context of black British women’s literature for a PhD at Goldsmiths College and her research interests are contemporary visual arts, British and Caribbean literature, feminism and gender theory.

Nayia Yiakoumaki is an artist, curator and the Archive curator at Whitechapel Gallery. Born in Athens in 1967, she recently completed a PhD in Visual Arts on the subject of curating from archives, at the department of Curating, Goldsmiths, London. She has lectured extensively in higher education in Athens and London. Since 2001 she is co-curator of FeedBack Project and co-editor of FeedBack periodical, a publication concerned with contemporary curating.

Document / image / Memory: treasures from the Iniva Archive

This event accompanies a two-week exhibition where Iniva staff members have selected items from the Archive which they regard as significant to the organisation’s contributions to contemporary international art and art history. The items selected go on display for the first time for public viewing as a curated body of historical material.

Iniva’s Archive is a fascinating resource containing audio-visual material, unique artistic ephemera and historical documents related to the creation of the organisation. It charts the emergence of artistic practice and theoretical developments responding to cultural shifts and identity politics over the last 19 years.

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