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Archivorum Ark

At ArchivorumArk, we're transforming the traditional approach to archiving into an active, engaging, and vibrant process. Our aim is to preserve the rich cultural legacies of artists by turning their archives into dynamic tools for creativity and research.

 

Our Mission:

We dedicate ourselves to preserving artists' cultural legacies and elevating the significance of archives through global collaboration and innovation.

 

Our Objectives:

  • Digital Preservation: We collaborate with artists worldwide to transform their works into digital archives, celebrating and safeguarding their artistic contributions.

  • Global Collaboration: Our initiatives promote international cooperation, pooling expertise and resources to push the boundaries of the archival field.

  • Cultural Heritage: We highlight the importance of archives in preserving cultural heritage, ensuring they remain accessible and relevant to everyone.

 

Fostering Research and Artistic Collaborations:

To make archival resources more publicly accessible, ArchivorumArk supports three postgraduate students biennially in partnerships with selected artists. Over two years, these collaborations focus on developing comprehensive digital archives and critical publication that not only preserve but also explore the artists' legacies.

 

Building Global and Local Connections:

We maintain robust partnerships with museums, universities, and public institutions around the globe. These collaborations enrich our archival exhibitions and publications, establishing them as essential research tools. 

 

Our Impact:

Through these initiatives, ArchivorumArk ensures that the art of archiving remains a crucial and celebrated part of our cultural and artistic landscape.

The Project 

 

 

ArchivorumArk's current initiative is in full swing, embodying our commitment to transforming archiving into a living, dynamic process. This ongoing project engages 3 international artists and 3 postgraduate students in a powerful collaborative effort that brings fresh perspectives and vitality to the archival field.

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

The People

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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.

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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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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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Christianna Asprouli

Post-graduate student

Christianna Asprouli, a young greek fine, visual and byzantine artist, is an Honours archaeologist with postgraduate studies in France (Sorbonne University, Ecole des Beaux Arts de Paris, Universities of Lyon and Montpellier) in the fields of Archaeology, Art History and Museology and, subsequently, she completed her studies with Honours at the Athens School of Fine Arts. She is engaged with the science of Archaeology by taking part in international excavation programs and surface surveys that have been carried out in Greece, whilst in the field of Art History and Museology she had many collaborations with museums in Greece and France. In the field of Visual/Fine Arts, she has recently collaborated with two publishing houses and she has participated to date in nine group and two solo exhibitions showing her artworks of Hagiography/Byzantine art, as well as secular themes.

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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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