Symposium - The Gesture of Displaying

The Gesture of Displaying - Photo Albums in the Archive 
Symposium in Cooperation with DGPh + Rheinisches Bildarchiv

22th October 2022
Stadtarchiv, Eifelwall 5, 50674 Köln

The symposium will take place within the framework of the Artist Meets Archive program of the Internationale Photoszene Köln and, in addition to the overarching theme of the archive, will focus in particular on the question of the significance of photo albums for photographic archives.

For a long time, photo albums were attributed exclusively to the photographic amateur sector and received little attention. With growing interest in the material requirements of collecting and archiving, photo albums are now also gaining the attention of museums and archives. But how can photo albums be archived and how can they be made accessible to individual archivists? Further still, how can these objects be displayed at all, which have to be turned over and whose contents sometimes produce other materials besides photographs, such as newspaper articles, drawings or inscriptions? And why do photo albums become (public) archival objects, although they often contain purely private stories and thus intuitive forms of representation, constellations, and narratives?

Starting with the materiality of a photo album and its differentiation from other media, its private or public function and its cultural practice; to the exploration of its possible limits, its medial forms of staging and the practices of an artistic use; to questions of its use in archives and presentation in museums, its reprocessing, restoration, and digitization - the photo album raises different modes of use and multifaceted spaces of possibility, which we want to address from a scholarly and photo-historical perspective as well as from an artistic perspective, and we want to take a look at the archival gestures of displaying.

More info and registration for participation starting September 2, 2022 on this page!

The symposium takes place in cooperation with the DGPh – Section History and Archives and the Rheinisches Bildarchiv as part of the program Artist Meets Archive #3 of the Internationale Photoszene Köln. It is sponsored by the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, the Kunststiftung NRW and the City of Cologne.