Apropos archive fever –

Yesterday I talked about Dayanita Singh’s FILE ROOM triggering fear of chaos, fear of loosing control; a frightening thought indeed. But there is – as always when studying great art – more to uncover. This fear of mine, couldn’t it also be related to a kind of identification; all these documents must have been written by someone…

from Dayanita Singh: FILE ROOM (2011- ) © dayanita singh

Is this my life as a writer being portrayed? All my work crumbling away in dusty archives without ever being read?!

In extreme it could also be pictured like this, poisonous books – impossible to open :

Anselm Kiefer: The High Priestess/Zweistromland (1985-89) © Astrup Fearnley Museet

The High Priestess/ Zweistromland [Land of Two Rivers] consists of two bookcases (labeled after the rivers Tigris and Euphrates) containing about two hundred lead books, all on a superhuman scale.


Dayanita Singh b. 1961, Delhi, India. Lives and worked in India. Describing herself as a bookmaker who works with photography, Dayanita Singh has a profound understanding of the pliability and reproducibility of images.

Anselm Kiefer b. 1945, Donaueschingen, Germany. Lives and worked in France, is regarded, alongside Gerhard Richter, Sigmar Polke, and Georg Baselitz, as one of the leading German artists of his generation.

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