Dissassembling the Archive: Fiona Tan

Art Gallery of York University, 2007
6×9 in, 232 pp, 29 col, 99 B&W, hardcover
ISBN 978-0-921972-45-7

A quasi-fictional correspondence with the artist Fiona Tan. It departs from interpretations of post-colonial identity issues in her work to trace the implications of the archival housing of photographs and moving images. By way of a detour through Siegfried Kracrauer’s writing on photography and Jacques Derrida’s writing on the Freudian impression, we witness — right before our eyes — the disintegrative and destructive effect of photography on the archive.

Extended text by Philip Monk. designed by Bryan Gee.

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