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Uncertain Curature

SKU: W6296
Uncertain Curature is a book that begins with the image of a dead saint. It ends with the avowal that the archives of our past demand unsettling and imaginative responses if we are to give them a meaningful role in our present.

The white cover and pink end pages insist that archives are not the sepia world of old photographs and documents consigned to an immutable place of selective remembering and forgetting. Rather, the book suggests that the archives provoke both a recognition of their forms of authority and power, and provide sites for multiple forms of contestation and intellectual enquiry, for nostalgia, concern, delight and revulsion.

The volume focuses on things: bones inscribed and bones prepared by archaeologist, labels imposed and lost in museums, photos “taken” and photos “made”, art installations, books, films, plays, drawings and texts produced, circulated and archived. Curators, artists, archivists, and users of archives of all kinds will find a rich and varied array of responses to the challenges presented by inherited archives.

In trawling between curatorial activities of the past, and curatorial activities in the present, Uncertain Curature offers perspectives on the role of archives in emerging practices in post-colonial and post-apartheid life.

About the Editors

Carolyn Hamilton is NRF Professor in Archive and Public Culture at the University of Cape Town.
Pippa Skotnes
is Michaelis Professor of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town, and directs the Centre for Curating the Archive.

Editors: Carolyn Hamilton and Pippa Skotnes
ISBN: 9781431406296
d-PDF ISBN: 9781431406302
Size (mm): 215x245mm
Pages: 384pp
Format: Paperback
Colour: Colour
Rights: World
Language: English
Publication Date: August 2014