Iniva’s Archive is a fascinating resource containing audio-visual material, unique artistic ephemera and historical documents related to the creation of the organisation.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 tells the history of Iniva and charts the emergence of artistic practice and theoretical developments responding to cultural shifts and identity politics over the last 17 years.
For this two-week exhibition, 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.
The archive contains a wealth of objects from the original recordings from Global Visions: Towards a New Internationalism in the Visual Arts, 1994, a symposium held at Tate Gallery which discussed topics such as ‘recoding the international’ and ‘international exhibitions’. You can also find a 1976 interview between Stuart Hall and CLR James from the BBC in the archive.
This presentation gives a sampling of the rich cultural heritage that Iniva has to share and is part of longer-term project to open up its Archives to the public for future engagement.
Along with the display of materials in the Education Space, we will host a conversation exploring the ‘institutionalisation’ of art and the role of the archive in documenting recent art histories on Tuesday 8 February 2011.