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Curators

Sarah Greenough
Senior Curator and Head, Department of Photographs
National Gallery of Art, Washington

Andrea Nelson
Associate Curator, Department of Photographs
National Gallery of Art, Washington

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Exhibition Catalog

 The Memory of Time: Contemporary Photographs at the National Gallery of Art
The Memory of Time: Contemporary Photographs at the National Gallery of Art Sarah Greenough and Andrea Nelson, with Sarah Kennel, Diane Waggoner, and Leslie J. Ureña

Memory and the Archive

Many contemporary photographers are fascinated with the idea of the archive. Whether created by governments, commercial enterprises, or private individuals, archives are the foundation on which history is written, yet they are not static entities out of which a single monolithic history arises. Recognizing this, the artists in this section have exploited archives as repositories of material that can be reexamined and reordered to challenge prevailing views. Binh Danh and Carrie Mae Weems explore commercial or government archives to focus attention on people who have been marginalized, while Ishiuchi Miyako and Susan Meiselas have created and explored their own archives. Sophie Calle takes a different approach that blurs the lines between fact and fiction, private and collective experience, real and fabricated archives.

 

 

Susan Meiselas, The Life of an Image: “Molotov Man,” 1979–2009, 2014


Banner image: Detail from Carrie Mae Weems, Slow Fade to Black II, 2010, inkjet prints, © Carrie Mae Weems, courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, 2014.84.1-17