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Archive Books

Archive is a platform for cultural research and debate. It brings together activists and cultural practitioners in an adaptable and non-hierarchal structure with the aim to foster a unique space for discussion and exchange. Archive is engaged in a wide range of activities including publishing and exhibition making.
Archive Books produces readers, monographs and artists' books as well as journals focusing on contemporary cultural production.
 
Berlin / Milan
 
112 titles
 
Pandora\'s Box
2022
English edition
forthcoming
An exploration of the form of conversation as a method of aesthetic solidarity and empowerment.
Sedje Hémon - Emotion of Spirits
2022
English edition
A panorama of the multifaceted and transversal production of the Dutch-Jewish painter and composer Sedje Hémon (1923-2011), with fifteen essays.
Imran Mir - A World that is not entirely Reflective but Contemplative
2022
English edition
A survey of the abstract and contemplative work of Pakistani artist Imran Mir (1950-2014), with fifteen essays.
Abdias Nascimento - Being An Event of Love
2022
English edition
A survey of the pictorial work of the Afro-Brazilian artist, writer and activist, with fifteen essays.
An Archaeology of Listening - Coming to Know
2022
English edition
Premodern acoustic traces as the basis for new communities of thought in the present (a project responding to the work of the self-taught acoustic archaeologist Umashankar Manthravadi).
Kal Rituals – The Many Headed Hydra Magazine
2022
English edition
The first in a series of publications emerging from the transoceanic platform Kal, Kal Rituals proposes queer and trans feminist ecologies, embodiments and mythmaking.
Satch Hoyt - Afro-Sonic Mapping - Tracing Aural Histories via Sonic Transmigrations
2022
English edition
An acoustic mapping of colonial history.
Van Leo - Becoming Van Leo (3 volume box set)
2022
English edition
A monumental study of the life and times of the late Armenian-Egyptian photographer Van Leo (1921-2002), one of the most singular twentieth-century studio photographers in the Arab world.
Umashankar Manthravadi - An Archaeology of Listening - A Slightly Curving Place
2022
English edition
A proposition opened up by Umashankar Manthravadi in his practice as an acoustic archaeologist, bringing together writers, choreographers, composers, actors, dancers, musicians, field recordists and sound, light, and graphic designers who engage and transform each other's work.
Philip Rizk - On Trials - A manual for the theatre of law
2022
bilingual edition (English / Arabic)
An exploration of the performativity of the law within Egypt's spectral legal reality.
Małgorzata Mirga-Tas - Re-enchanting the World
2022
English edition
The catalogue that accompanies the exhibition Re-enchanting the World by Małgorzata Mirga-Tas in the Polish Pavilion at the 59th International Art Exhibition: an attempt to expand the Polish and European iconosphere and art history with representations of Roma culture.
Lerato Shadi -
2022
trilingual edition (English / German / Setswana)
First monograph devoted to the postcolonial feminist approach of the Berlin-based South African artist.
Line Skywalker Karlström - Holes Dug, Rocks Thrown - Line Skywalker Karlström\'s Works Through the Prism of Queer and Feminist Art Practices
2022
bilingual edition (English / Swedish)
First comprehensive monograph of the Swedish queer and feminist performance artist.
Perverse Decolonization?
2022
English edition
Conversations and essays that question the twisted and oppressive climate in a world where true decolonization has yet to begin.
Wicked Little Town
2022
English edition
Wicked Little Town gathers more than fifty artists and critical thinkers traversing trans-temporal imaginations of resistance, unruliness, and non-compliance across genders, abilities and national borders.
Imagine something new, like justice
2022
trilingual edition (English / Arabic / Turkish)
Transdisciplinary research on the theme of justice and the agency of imagination in the artistic, discursive and political realms.
 Free Home University - When the Roots Start Moving - First Mouvement – To Navigate Backward – Resonating with Zapatismo
2022
English edition
A collection of essays investigating predicaments of rootedness and rootlessness and notions of belonging and of displacement across different geographical and epistemological coordinates.
 The Otolith Group - Xenogenesis
2022
English edition
An extensive and comprehensive polyphonic exploration of the work of The Otolith Group.
Anachoresis - Upon Inhabiting Distances
2021
English edition
Published on the occasion of Cyprus' participation at the 17th Architecture Biennale in Venice, Anachoresis: Upon Inhabiting Distances gathers a collection of texts and visual material from a multidisciplinary group of Cypriot and international practitioners, including architects and designers, curators and writers, sound and movement artists.
Rehearsing Hospitalities - Companion 3
2021
English edition
A series of essays and visual contributions critically reflecting on the questions of hospitality safety, security and care.
Silver Rights
2021
trilingual edition (English / Spanish / Italian)
An in-depth research project by Elena Mazzi in dialogue with the Mapuche spiritual leader, silversmith and activist, Mauro Millán and Argentinean artist, Eduardo Molinari, about the cultural resistance of the Mapuche people to neo-colonialism in Chile.
Johanna Laakkonen - They Inhabit While Working
2021
English edition
A collection of texts by the artist and quotations through which Jaana Laakkonen develops reflections on her own practice and on the challenges of her work.
Sonsbeck20→24 - Force Times Distance – On Labour and its Sonic Ecologies (catalogue)
2021
bilingual edition (English / Dutch)
The catalogue of the 12th edition of Sonsbeek, centered around labour, and its sonicities, connects a millenary history crossing times and geographies to the present moment, through a multitude of voices, sounds, and ripples.
Sonsbeck20→24 - Force Times Distance – On Labour (reader)
2021
bilingual edition (English / Dutch)
This reader is a culmination of direct and tangential deliberations on notions of labour, appreciated across geographies and mediums. Newly commissioned textual manifestations in a multilogue with historical positions.
School of Waters - Mediterranea 19 – Young Artists Biennale San Marino 2021
2021
English edition
Mediterranea 19 – School of Waters imagines a Biennale as a temporary school inspired by radical and experimental pedagogies and the way they challenge artistic, curatorial, and research formats.
Laura Horelli - Changes in Direction - A Journal
2021
bilingual edition (English / German)
Changes in Direction – A Journal provides multivocal and transnational African-European statements to current decoloniality debates from different perspectives.
Igor Zabel - Inexplicable Presence (Curator’s Working Place)
2021
English edition
The posthumous catalogue of one of the most personal curatorial projects of Igor Zabel (1958-2005).
Stronger Than Bone - On Feminism(s)
2021
English edition
Stronger than Bone draws upon the embodied strength, intuitive desires, and collective wisdom of feminists and non-binary protagonists to foreground the manifold dimensions of feminist politics and commitments.
Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung - The Delusions of Care
2021
English edition
The misappropriated notion of care and the paths for its rehabilitation.
How Does The World Breathe Now? - Film as Witness, Archive, and Political Tool
2021
English edition
How film may be a constructive tool to examine the state of the world and its cruelties, and how to form a more stable and supportive culture of film production and distribution.
Why Call it Labor? - On Motherhood and Art Work
2021
bilingual edition (English / Arabic)
Four essays and one conversation with contemporary artists and curators from different backgrounds and origins (Jerusalem, Lebanon, Kuwait, USA, Egypt) discussing their experience of becoming mothers as professionals in the arts, its reality and effects.
Whose Land Have I Lit on Now? - Contemplations on the Notions of Hospitality
2021
English edition
A curatorial project about concepts of hospitality and the triggers of hostility in hospitality.
Ultrasanity - On Madness, Sanitation, Antipsychiatry, and Resistance
2021
English edition
A curatorial and research project that aims to move beyond insanity as the opposite of sanity, and imagine a space beyond what is understood as sane, i.e. ultrasanity—not a romanticization of madness or mental illness, but an effort to reconsider and challenge the notion of madness and the stigmas labelled on the so-called mad.
Med Hondo - 1970—2018 - Interviews with Med Hondo
2020
English edition
Seventeen interviews conducted with Med Hondo over a period of almost half a century, most of the interviews originally published in French were translated into English.
Ian Kiaer - Endnote, tooth
2020
English edition
Ian Kiaer's new monograph is based on a project that the artist began several years ago and whose configuration changes with the circumstances. Drawing on the notion of marginal endnotes in books, it references the utopian concepts of the Austrian American architect Frederick Kiesler (1890-1965).
Beyond Repair
2020
English edition
The account of a collective study around the question of the irreversibility of the damage caused by extractivism and accumulation for common spaces and living conditions, in their political, social and aesthetic dimensions.
Nicoline van Harskamp - My Name is Language
2020
English edition
This publication explores the key tenets of artist Nicoline van Harskamp's research and practice, such as the contemporary use and modification of languages, a treatment of names as spoken language rather than spelled identity markers, and the practice of self-naming.
Not Working
2020
bilingual edition (English / German)
The interdependence of artistic production and social class.
Rehearsing Hospitalities - Companion 2
2020
English edition
A series of essays and visual contributions critically reflecting on the current structures of knowledge within the art world.
Jane Jin Kaisen - Community of Parting
2020
English edition
Reference monograph: the most comprehensive introduction to the Korean artist's postcolonial and feminist approach.
Clemens von Wedemeyer - The Illusion of a Crowd
2020
English edition
Publication including the films Transformation Scenario, 70.001, and Faux Terrain, as well as a visual essay, a glossary and texts by Heike Geißler, Fanni Fetzer, and Franciska Zólyom.
Japanese Expanded Cinema and Intermedia - Critical Texts of the 1960s
2020
English edition
A collection of commissionned translations of a selection of key texts about Intermedia and Expanded Cinema in Japan.
Boris Buden - Transition to Nowhere - Art in History After 1989
2020
English edition
The collection of essays on art by the philosopher and critic Boris Buden constitutes a history of post-communism studied through that of works of art.
Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung - In a While or Two We Will Find the Tone - Essays and Proposals, Curatorial Concepts, and Critiques
2020
English edition
This collection of writings from Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung presents, for the first time in one volume, essays and proposals edited anew.
Uriel Orlow - Conversing With Leaves
2020
bilingual edition (English / German)
Of plants and men.
Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung - Pamphlet 1 - Ceux qui sont morts ne sont jamais partis – La préservation de la suprématie, du Musée ethnologique et les complexités du Forum Humboldt
2020
French edition
A post-colonial pamphlet on the ethnological museums of Europe, primarily the upcoming Humboldt Forum in Berlin.
Encircling the Image of Trauma
2020
English edition
This book tiptoes between aesthetics and ethics; it proposes to rethink trauma in its necessity as well as impossibility to be represented and understood.
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