New York

New York

“Archive Fever”

International Center of Photography Museum (ICP)
79 Essex
January 18–May 4, 2008

Curated by Okwui Enwezor

Despite the almost six-year interval between the two exhibitions, it is hard not to think of Okwui Enwezor’s upcoming curatorial venture, “Archive Fever: Uses of the Document in Contemporary Art,” as a kind of coda to his groundbreaking Documenta 11, with its broad recognition and catalytic endorsement of art’s recent “documentary turn.” But like that exhibition, Enwezor’s latest show, which will include eighty-seven works incorporating archival materials, in no way proposes a naive or regressive embrace of the document’s ability to convey “objective truth.” Rather, as its nod to Derrida’s book of the same name indicates, “Archive Fever” probes the blind spots, contradictions, and blurrings of fact and fiction that the form engenders, as manifested in the work of twenty-five artists, including notable photographic practitioners Stan Douglas, Zoe Leonard, Walid Raad, and Tacita Dean.