6.30, 9th December 2014, Nottingham Contemporary
Forgotten Histories is a presentation by Roma Piotrowska including the Enthusiasts Archive
The archive has become increasingly visible in the practice of many contemporary artists. With an aim to bring neglected subjects and histories to the fore, the reactivation of lost archives serves to fill the gaps which exist within art historical and institutional narratives.
Roma Piotrowska, will explore how history is constructed through archives, and how excluded narratives could influence the image of art history. Referencing the work of Goshka Macuga and Neil Cummings & Marysia Lewandowska among others, Piotrowska will situate the practice of Agnieszka Polska within the wider context of forgotten or neglected histories and those who resurrect them.
Piotrowska is an art historian, curator and critic who co-ordinated the Iraq Pavilion, la Biennale di Venezia in 2013 and 2015. Her research interests focus on archives, memory, identity, politics and economy in relation to art.
Read a review of the Whitechapel exhibition by Rachel Withers in the New Statesman
The Enthusiasts Archive was featured as part of the i-commons summit 2006 in Rio Janeiro
An interest in archives connects with Procesos de archivo/Archivalprocess. developed with Intermediæ in Madrid, and Self Portrait; Arnolfini