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ArchivorumArk

 

ArchivorumArk is a project aimed at creation of the digital archives of the artists and promoting archive as vital instrument in creative process and research.  

The mission of the project includes the following:

  • Preserving artists archives through a collaboration with international artists;

  • Promoting cross-border cooperation in the field of art archives;

  • Introducing archives as part of cultural heritage;

In order to promote archives as a publicly available research tool, ArchivorumArk will support 3 successful postgraduates with its biennial grant program, producing our first trial of critical archive publications - an ode on the work produced by said artists, as well as further research.

Our biennial grant program intends to support critical research and diffusion through a series of publications on selected artists’ archives and exhibitions.

 

Alongside this initiative, Archivorum will create strong collaborations programs with local and international museums, universities, public institutions, other foundations, public archives, libraries and other charitable institutions to sustain partnerships based in Europe and the rest of the world. 

The Foundation will also encourage community engagement with local neighbours to stimulate them to participate in the activities promoted and to the bespoke program for interested users and visitors.

The Project 

 

 

Welcome to an exciting new chapter of Archivorum! We are thrilled to announce the launch of our latest project, a collaborative endeavor that brings together 3 international artists and 3 post-graduates who will serve as the driving force behind our creative vision. 

As we embark on this artistic journey, we invite you to join us in exploring the people that will be at the heart of Archiovorum Ark project. Each character holds a unique story, and their collective narratives will weave a tapestry of creativity, emotion, and inspiration. 

The People

Nil Yalter

Artist

Nil Yalter (born 1938 in Cairo) is a pioneering Turkish contemporary feminist artist whose remarkable journey has left an indelible mark on the art world. She currently resides in Paris, where she continues to create thought-provoking and boundary-pushing art. Yalter's diverse body of work, ranging from drawings and photographs to videos and performance art, has earned her a well-deserved place in numerous prestigious collections and museums. Notably, she holds the distinction of being the first Turkish female video artist, and her art often explores complex themes such as migration, women's issues, and the intersection of technology and art. Yalter's career evolved from early abstract compositions to the revolutionary feminist art movement in 1970s France, making her a trailblazer in the field. Her work challenges traditional notions of gender and sexuality. Throughout her career, she has shed light on the experiences of marginalized communities, such as migrant workers and former prisoners, demonstrating her unwavering commitment to social and feminist causes. Her impact on the art world is undeniable, and her art continues to challenge and inspire audiences worldwide.

Anaïs Auger-Mathurin

Post-graduate student

Born in Montreal, Anaïs Auger-Mathurin is an art historian and art writer based in Paris. A graduate of the Université de Montréal and the École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in art history, her research has delved into the market of classical African art in Dakar. Currently engaged in pre-doctoral studies, she is focusing on the issues of conservation, research, and exhibition of African art in museums, along with its epistemological construction in art history. Passionate about the intellectual production of the Global South, she also works as a freelance writer, crafting exhibition texts, articles, and artist biographies on both sides of the Atlantic.

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Belén Uriel

Artist

Belén Uriel (born 1974 in Madrid) is a dynamic artist who currently resides and works in the vibrant cities of Lisbon and London. Her work challenges the way we perceive everyday objects and revolves around household items and their influence on our social behaviors. Uriel expertly manipulates materials like glass and metal to create organic shapes, which originate from objects designed for human use and interaction. Her sculptures, crafted from organic materials like paper pulp, glass, and bronze, are enigmatic constructions that stimulate contemplation. They are fragmented replicas of common objects, such as baskets, inflatable mattresses, and backpacks, all bearing the marks of human interaction. Uriel's art breathes new life into these fundamental objects of consumption, leaving you pondering the captivating transformation process.

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Stephen Biegel

Post-graduate student

Stephen Biegel is an archivist and photographer based in Brooklyn, New York. Originally from Florida, he relocated to Brooklyn in 2017 to pursue his MA in Museum Studies at New York University. His research interests encompass the HIV/AIDS Epidemic, New York's Downtown Scene, and Artist Archives. When not documenting the past, he engages in performance art and archives his own work through photography.

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Babs Haenen

Artist

Babs Haenen is a renowned Dutch visual artist recognized for her ceramics that seamlessly blend color, line, and form. Her works are a fusion of abstract painting and motifs found in nature, particularly rippling water and landscapes. Using colored porcelain slabs, Haenen creates vibrant and organic vessels with an inner dynamism that is truly mesmerizing. Her artistic process involves layering these slabs with pigments, allowing her to shape delicate ribbons of colored porcelain, which she skillfully folds, cuts, and sculpts into her distinctive vessels. Haenen's artistry has evolved from vertical vessels to intricate pieces, incorporating two or more separate elements to create vivid tabletop landscapes and Scholar's Rocks. With a background in dance and formal education in visual art at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, Babs Haenen's artistry stands as a testament to her exceptional talent and her enduring contributions to the world of ceramics, which have been recognized through various grants and prestigious awards over the years, including the 2020 van Achterbergh Prize.

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Rob Kavanagh

Post-graduate student

Rob Kavanagh is a cultural researcher from Dublin, Ireland, now based in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Having completed an MA in Cultural Economics, he has consulted on and conducted research across different realms of the cultural sphere, including impact measurement in museums/galleries, social art programmes, and online music communities. He is a member of ROOTS collective, hosting evenings with curated performances from local and international creatives, as well as exploring the stories and journeys behind the artists.

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