In the Presence of Absence - editorial by Elisa Adami
“The disappearance seems to be not only a vanishing but also a need to fill the gap with something different, perhaps the opposite of what is gone”. Jean Genet We know, a photograph taken off the wall leaves a mark behind: a white square on a white background.
The Missing of Lebanon - by Dalia Khamissy
There are 17.000 estimated missing from the Lebanese civil war whose fate is still unknown.
Six Women - Art Vapours - by JCKristensen & susan pui san lok
On Saturday 29th January 1972, after the broadcast of Ways of Seeing (episode two), (Mrs) SJ Arden sits down to write a letter to Mr J Berger. From her terraced house in East London, bound (in parenthesis) to home and husband, she begins with an apology-as-demand, Both self-effacing and self-asserting...
Enemy Clouds - by Alessandra Ferrini
In 2002 Mexican artist Teresa Margolles installed Vaporización / Vaporization at MoMA P.S.1 in New York. Water that was employed to wash corpses after autopsies, taken from a morgue in Mexico City, is turned into a smelly mist by vaporization machines.
Life-Stills™ - by Yen Ooi
“Thank you for participating in the clinical trials for Life-Stills™.” Sia had not combed her hair since it was last washed a week ago and the nurse did her best to remain professional, only wrinkling her nose slightly as she signed Sia in. Sia shrugged. She was only there because her doctor had forced her to go. Really, she was happier at home, contemplating death.
Narcissus in the Colonies. Another journey through Ethiopia - by Vincenzo Latronico and Armin Linke
It could be wrong to set out on a journey searching for something (the story of my family around the railway), but in our intention, this was a way to avoid wandering in idleness, collecting panoramas: in any case, I left looking for something, and I did not find it...
Future Future: Some Reflections on the Unhappened as Archival Category - by Flora Pitrolo
This article begins by way of a mimetic gesture: I choose to withdraw the object that I am speaking of and to therefore copy, in reverse, the very gesture that I want to address. This article has its genesis in an archive of performance where there are things – scripts, notes, letters, plans, drawings – referring to events which I have come to theorise under the term ‘unhappened’...
Ethnographic Terminalia - After the Bureau of Memories: Reflections at the Intersections of Archives, Art, and Anthropology
Ethnographic Terminalia is a curatorial collective grounded in a commitment to pushing the boundaries of anthropological scholarship and contemporary art through the creation of interdisciplinary exhibitions. Since 2009, Ethnographic Terminalia has curated group exhibitions in North American cities, demonstrating how contemporary artists, anthropologists, and institutions are engaging with ethnographic methodologies and art.
The life and death of the Catford Prefab Museum and the eternal re-birth of the Prefab Museum - by Elisabeth Blanchet
“The first attack must evidently be made upon houses which are damaged, but can be reconditioned into proper dwellings… The second attack on the housing problem will be made by what are called the prefabricated, or emergency houses...