Disassembling the Archive: Fiona Tan (2007)
Disassembling the Archive: Fiona Tan, Toronto: Art Gallery of York University, 2007.
Disassembling the Archive is a quasi-fictional correspondence with the artist Fiona Tan. It departs from interpretations of post-colonial identity issues in her work to trace the implications of the archival housing of photographs and moving images. By way of a detour through Siegfried Kracrauer’s writing on photography and Jacques Derrida’s writing on the Freudian impression, we witness—right before our eyes—the disintegrative and destructive effect of photography on the archive.