AboutJudy Freya Sibayan's The Community Archives: Documenting Artists Collectively, Openly was conceived as an open project and collective performance that investigates the canonizing function of archival activity. The act of archiving is one of claiming and possessing, of naming and ordering, as well as of locating and embedding objects, materials or trace narratives within art history. In a semantic sense, authors of an archive - institutions or individuals, therefore hold the power to confer cultural status and legitimacy within a cultural matrix.
In Sibayan's second edition of The Community Archives for 7.9 Cubic Metres, 10 filing boxes will be made available for each of the 10 artists who have to date exhibited at the micro-gallery. Audiences are invited to donate and personally accession materials that they feel should be conserved as a trace of the artist's life. Examples of materials include documents, letters, publicity materials, or any object they might associate with the artist or exhibition.
Parodic in its strategy of institutional critique, The Community Archives places the responsibility of action, decision and meaning-making into the hands of the immediate communities surrounding the 10 artists and who make up their audiences.
About the artist:
Judy Freya Sibayan is an artist living and working in the Philippines. She has previously exhibited at the Vienna Secession; the Hayward Gallery; the Photographers' Gallery in London; PS1 Institute of Contemporary Art, New York; The Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; and Gwangju Biennale in South Korea amongst many others. She is founding editor and publisher of the online journal Ctrl+P Journal of Contemporary Art (www.ctrlp-artjournal.org )
Please help us build this archive by submitting material on the following 10 artists:
Adam Knight // Matthew MacKisack // Alexandra Hughes //
AK Dolven & Pierre d' Alancaisez (collaborative work) //
David Berridge & Compulsive Holding // Jeremy Millar
Flavia Muller Medeiros // Tom Richards // Trong G. Nguyen
Sinta Tantra //
Donations to the archive are accepted from now until 2nd June 2010. Please fill up the attached accessioning form or pick one up from the gallery.