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Julia Meltzer and David Thorne, We Will Live to See These Things, or, Five Pictures of What May Come to Pass, 2007, stills from a color video, 47 minutes.

LOS ANGELES–BASED ARTISTS Julia Meltzer and David Thorne have long taken an interest in excavating the past as a means of examining the complex interplay of information, knowledge, and political control. Continuing in the vein of the socially engaged artistic practices they had previously pursued separately, they founded the Speculative Archive for Historical Clarification in 1999—a collaborative whose work began with a number of public presentations and text-and-image pieces based on newly released government documents detailing the United States’ involvement in the Guatemalan civil war and in Chile after the 1973 coup. Their next major project (the last before they abbreviated their name to Speculative Archive) involved querying US government officials about the protocols for classification and declassification. Some of this research would be reproduced in the summer 2001

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