Inside the Archive

Uriel Orlow

Inside the Archive consists of different series of photographs which take the viewer through the interior of a small archive and library. Inside the archive foregrounds the material conditions of the archive, as the camera moves through spaces which are devoted to different archival tasks and lingers on minute and banal details.

Inside the Archive reflects on the archive as something which is never fixed in meaning or material, but is nevertheless here, usually invisible yet at the same time monumental, constantly about to appear and disappear; latent. The visual exploration of the archive at the intersection of concept and matter has a profound urgency. With the dematerialisation of archives through the process of digitisation, there is a need to re-assess the material qualities of archive and document.