“The very idea of a living archive contradicts this fantasy of completeness. As work is produced one is contributing to and extending the limits of that to which one is contributing. It cannot be complete because our present practice immediately adds to it, and our new interpretations inflect it differently.”
Stuart Hall, ‘Constituting an Archive’ (2001)
Living Archives is an oral histories project co-produced by the Stuart Hall Foundation and the International Curators Forum. The project is made up of six intergenerational conversations. Each conversation considers an alternative history of contemporary Britain through testimonies shared by UK-based diasporic artists working between the 1980s and the present-day. The project will form what Stuart Hall calls a “living archive of the diaspora”, which maps the development, endurance and centrality of diasporic artistic production in Britain.
Hosted by ICF’s Deputy Artistic Director, Jessica Taylor, practitioners reflected on the reasons they became artists, the development of their practices, the different moments and movements they bore witness to, and the beautiful reasons they chose to be in conversation with each other.
Episodes will be released fortnightly from 1st August 2023 in the following order:
Episode 1: Ingrid Pollard and Rudy Loewe discuss the links between their practices, the relationship between activism and art-making and playful storytelling (read transcript).
Episode 2: Marlene Smith and Beverley Bennett reflect on family, collectivity and memory (read transcript).
Episode 3: Roshini Kempadoo and Jacob V Joyce exchange ideas around Stuart Hall’s work and legacy, the relationship between the archive and artistic practice and finding allies in history (read transcript).
Episode 4: Ajamu and Bernice Mulenga bend time reflecting on their respective approaches to photography, intimacy and working with large institutions (read transcript).
Episode 5: Joy Gregory and Anthea Hamilton share the ways their experiences have influenced their practice, the relationship between education and art-making and what plant life can teach us about being in the world.
Episode 6: Alberta Whittle and Sekai Machache think together about freedom, urgency and slowness, their many transnational and international collaborations, and their feelings about edges.
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Living Archives Podcast: Intergenerational Conversations Between Artists
12th September 2023 / Audio
12th September 2023 / Audio
Living Archives Podcast Episode 4: Ajamu & Bernice Mulenga
In episode 4 of Living Archives, Ajamu and Bernice Mulenga bend time reflecting on their respective approaches to photography, intimacy and…
29th August 2023 / Audio
Living Archives Podcast Episode 3: Roshini Kempadoo & Jacob V Joyce
In the third episode of Living Archives, Roshini Kempadoo and Jacob V Joyce exchange ideas around Stuart Hall’s work and legacy, the…
15th August 2023 / Audio
Living Archives Podcast Episode 2: Beverley Bennett & Marlene Smith
In episode 2 of Living Archives Beverley Bennett and Marlene Smith discuss their practices in relation to family, collectivity and…
1st August 2023 / Audio
Living Archives Podcast Episode 1: Ingrid Pollard & Rudy Loewe
In this, the first conversation in the Living Archives series, we sit down with Ingrid Pollard and Rudy Loewe to discuss the links between their…
Hosted by Jessica Taylor
Edited by Chris Browne
Designs by Yolande Mutale
Music by LOX
Produced with funding from the Centre on the Dynamics of Ethnicity (CoDE) and Arts Council England.