Artist Meets Archive #2

© Rheinisches Bildarchiv Köln

Characteristic for Cologne as city with a great history involving photography are the numerous and high-quality photographic collections and archives. Together with five institutions, the Photoszene invited internationally active artists to work in the archives and with the treasures hidden within them in order to develop an exhibition out of their research for the festival in May 2021.

This second round of AMA is about understanding the massive ways in which photography is used, processed, archived and catalogued in different fields in order to make historiography accessible for later generations. It is also about specific questions concerning the archive as an organising and structuring institute: How do archives remain legible in the digital age? And what is not stored in these very archives?

The project deals with the specific focal points of archives in the disciplines of colonial, reproduction, dance, economic and scientific history and questions the significance of the medium of photography in these contexts.

We are delighted to work with the following five interesting archives and amazing artists!

AMA Prospects 2021

© Philipp Goldbach / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021

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AMA-Talks and News

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German Dance Archive

Siegfried Enkelmann, Die Tänzerin Inge Hönisch, Fotomontage aus den 1950er Jahren, © VG BildKunst

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Anna Orlowska

© Chrobot&Filak

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The German Aerospace Center

Mars-Rover Studie 1995 Quelle: DLR

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Joan Fontcuberta

© Damian Zimmermann

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Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum

© Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum

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Yasmine Eid-Sabbagh

From Vies possibles et imaginaires, © by Yasmine Eid-Sabbagh and Rozenn Quéré, 2012.

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Rheinisches Bildarchiv Köln

© Rheinisches Bildarchiv Köln

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Philipp Goldbach

Philipp Goldbach © Karin Ruëtz

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Rheinisch-Westf. Wirtschaftsarchiv

Motiv aus dem RWWA / Eisenbahnbrücke über den Rhein bei Wesel (1928) (Bestand Abt. 130 Gutehoffnungshütte Aktienverein, Oberhausen) © Rheinisch-Westfälische Wirtschaftsarchiv

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Rosângela Rennó

© ©Julia Rennó

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