The first of the student protests here in London, at Millbank, we realised that something had happened, something that had precipitated events that we found ourselves unsure of. Since this time, we have established ourselves as archivists and investigators of the realm of possible damage to come. The precarious nature of the objects and documents that have found their way into our hands have dubious and sometimes speculative origins.
The archive is brought together from found, donated and created objects each lending its weight towards preserving a fragile memory of a particular event. The organising and indexing of the archive present a speculative attitude towards the present and recent past that in their refusal to adhere themselves to a set of truths instead provoke a question of what is in fact believable, revealing the delicate bonds of social narrative and trust in a collective idea of history.
Part of our archive is dedicated to those who we call ‘the disappeared’. We still don’t know where these people are or how they disappeared, although of course we all have our suspicions. We know little of their identities but we do know that their actions, as anonymous beings, have influenced us all.
An immersive live piece, an installation and public interventions by The Inivators (Iniva’s Youth Advisory Board) and artist Tania El Khoury probe concerns shared with Rabih Mroué. Possible Damage investigates construction of social memory and its consequent realities. It forms a collective archive through which we can imagine a group’s shared experiences, narritives and conflicts.