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The documenta archiv to receive an important donation: The internationally unique performance art archive "Die Schwarze Lade / the Black Kit: Archive for Performance, Action and Intermedia Art" to be presented by documenta artist Boris Nieslony

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#2 The ruined archive. Lecture by Mark Nash


documenta Institute Discourse #2


Thursday, January 18th, 2017, 6.30 pm


Venue: Auditorium of the Kunsthochschule Kassel, Menzelstraße 13-15


Admission free


Address of Welcome: Prof. Dr. Nora Sternfeld, documenta professor


A collaboration with the documenta professor at the Kunsthochschule Kassel.

Since documenta 11 (2002) for which Mark Nash was a co-curator, much curatorial and critical discussion has focused on the relevance of a post-colonial problematic to contemporary art and curating today. In this lecture Mark Nash will discuss exhibitions in which he has extended the postcolonial frame to include the cold war as an additional schema: "Things Fall Apart" (2015, 2016) and "Viva L’Italia" (2017). Both exhibitions included artists whose work involves different approaches to the archive. In the course of this talk he would also hope to make some observations on the ways of the documenta archive can support creative and critical work.


Mark Nash is an independent curator and writer. Previously Professor and Head of Department “Curating Contemporary Art” at the Royal College of Art London he also helped establish the “International Centre for Fine Art Research” at the University of the Arts, London. A former editor of the journal “Screen” he currently teaches at Birkbeck College London. As a curator Nash has collaborated extensively with Okwui Enwezor on “The Arena” project at the Venice Biennial 2015, including an epic live reading of Karl Marx’s “Das Kapital”, “The Short Century” exhibition and documenta 11, (both 2002) and also with Ute Meta Bauer on the 3rd “Berlin Biennial” (2004). He has also worked together with artist Isaac Julien on numerous film and art projects and has written extensively on artist’s work with the moving image.