AboutIniva's Archive is a fascinating resource housing a range of materials relating to the history of Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts), its contributions to contemporary artistic practice and cultural shifts over the last 19 years. For this two week exhibition, selected archive materials go on display including recordings of influential talks by artists and cultural theorists such as Stuart Hall and CLR James, unique artistic ephemera from artists Yinka Shonibare and Mona Hatoum, as well as journals and historical documents.
Selected by staff at Iniva and curated by the Stuart Hall Library and Education Curator, these items are on public display for the first time. Highlights include original recordings from Global Visions: Towards a New Internationalism in the Visual Arts, 1994, a symposium held at Tate Gallery which discussed topics such as 'recoding the international' and 'international exhibitions', and a 1976 interview between Stuart Hall and CLR James for Channel 4.
Visitors also have the opportunity to read cutting-edge 1960s publication Signals, listen to a performance by poet Joyful Noise specifically inspired by the Iniva Archive, and watch a slideshow of selected works covering a decade of exhibitions and artists' residencies organised between Iniva and UNESCO.
This presentation gives a sample of the rich cultural heritage that Iniva has to share and is part of longer-term project to open up its Archives to the public in the future. Over the next year Iniva will be focusing on exploring and preserving its archive and are raising money for an archivist to work to catalogue the collection. To date the public have raised over £1000.To contribute visit www.thebiggive.org.uk.
Along with the display of materials in the Education Space, Iniva will host Archives: a work in progress, a conversation exploring the 'institutionalisation' of art and the role of the archive in documenting recent art histories on Tuesday 8 February 2011, 6:30pm. Reserve a free place online at www.iniva.org.
FOR A FULL LIST OF MATERIALS IN THE EXHIBITION PLEASE VISIT INIVA'S WEBSITE www.iniva.org