[NetBehaviour] Women and the Archive: A Partial Disclosure.

marc garrett marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Mon Mar 9 10:53:17 CET 2009

Women and the Archive: A Partial Disclosure

Saturday 14 March 2009, 1-6pm

The Women's Library

London Metropolitan University

25 Old Castle Street, London E1 7NT, UK

Women and the Archive: A Partial Disclosure presents four perspectives 
on the relationship between women and the archive in contemporary 
artistic production. Artists, collectives and researchers using archives 
as source material or constituting archives as their primary activity 
are invited to present their rarely shown collections of photographs, 
videos and audio recordings around women of artistic, social and 
political importance. Issues of provenance, methodology, property and 
historicisation will be addressed throughout the afternoon via 
presentations, screenings, performances and a panel discussion.

This event has been devised by Anna Colin as part of The Street, a 
year-long series of artists' commissions by the Whitechapel Gallery on 
and around Wentworth Street. This event has been organised in 
partnership with the Women's Library. Women and the Archive: A Partial 
Disclosure stems from the project Disclosures, initiated in 2008 by Anna 
Colin and Mia Jankowicz for Gasworks, London.


12:45pm: doors open


1pm: Introductions by Sarah Smillie, Curator: Community Programmes, 
Whitechapel Gallery; Gail Cameron, Curator of Special Collections, The 
Women’s Library; and Anna Colin, the event’s curator.

1.30pm: The Otolith Group present Communists Like Us, 2006-present.

Seminar Room

2.15pm: I Don’t See A History That Goes Back From Before I Came In. 
Melissa Castagnetto and Marina Vishmidt stage a discussion about 
Cinenova’s present and future activity.

3.00pm: Recording. Conversation in Progress. Marysia Lewandowska selects 
and presents material from the Women’s Audio Archive.


3:45pm: Break


4:15pm: Ana Laura Lopez de la Torre and Kimberly Springer in 
conversation about the project Do You Remember Olive Morris?

5.00pm: Panel discussion with the participants, curator and host, 
chaired by independent curator Mia Jankowicz.

6.00pm: End

Reading Lounge

Throughout the day: Selected material from the Cinenova archive will be 
available for viewing.

About the contributions

The Otolith Group creates art works, curates exhibitions, programmes 
events and designs platforms for discussion of contemporary artistic 
practice. In Communists Like Us, 2006-present, a slide presentation 
delivered by the Group’s members, Anjalika Sagar and Kodwo Eshun, spins 
a rich historical web prompted by Sagar’s grandmother’s voyage to Mao’s 
China. Photographs of the journey are transposed with subtitles from 
Godard’s 1967 film La Chinoise, a transcultural exchange that 
intertwines the postcolonial and the postmodern.

Cinenova is a non-profit organisation dedicated to distributing films 
and videos made by women. Formed in 1991 from the merger of two feminist 
distributors, Circles and Cinema of Women, Cinenova provides the means 
to discover and watch experimental films, narrative feature films, 
artists film and video, documentary and educational videos. Melissa 
Castagnetto and Marina Vishmidt, two writers and artists who have been 
involved with Cinenova in different capacities over the years, will pick 
up on some ongoing trajectories about histories, time, feminist 
politics, artist-led archives and collective practices inscribed through 
these. Dispersal and rupture as characteristics of an archive and as 
methods to organise will be considered. These points of reference will 
lead into an upcoming Cinenova project, and will set the stage for 

Marysia Lewandowska is a Polish born, London based artist who has 
collaborated with Neil Cummings between 1995–2008, with whom she 
co-authored many projects. See: www.chanceprojects.com Since 2003 she 
has been a professor at Konstfack in Stockholm, and part of a team 
responsible for Art in the Public Realm, a new MA programme. The Women’s 
Audio Archive was established in 1985 by Marysia Lewandowska when the 
artist moved from Warsaw to live and work in London. The project 
consists of taped conversations with women involved in different spheres 
of cultural production as well as recordings of many public lectures and 
conferences between 1983-1990 taking place in England, USA and Canada. 
In the autumn of this year the project will become available online 
during the artist’s residency at the Centre for Curatorial Studies at 
Bard College, USA.

Initiated and led by artist Ana Laura Lopez de la Torre in collaboration 
with community activist Liz Obi, Do you remember Olive Morris? is a 
project that takes as a starting point the historical – yet undocumented 
– figure of community activist Olive Morris (1952-1979). Olive Morris 
was part of the UK Black Panther Movement, she set up the Brixton Black 
Women's Group, was a founding member of The Organisation of Women of 
African and Asian Descent and was central to the squatters' campaign of 
that decade. Do you remember Olive Morris? comprises extensive archival 
and oral history research, a blog, a radio series, an exhibition and a 
publication. The research, activities and outputs of this project are 
created collaboratively by the artist and the Remembering Olive 
Collective (ROC). For Women and The Archive: A Partial Disclosure, Ana 
Laura Lopez de la Torre will be in conversation with Kimberly Springer, 
Senior Lecturer in American Studies at King’s College, author of Living 
for the Revolution: Black Feminist Organizations, 1968-1980 (2005) and a 
member of ROC.

More contemporary art at http://www.art-online.org

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