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Disassembling the Archive

Fiona Tan

by (author) Philip Monk

by (artist) Fiona Tan

edited by Michael Maranda

Art Gallery of York University
Initial publish date
Jan 2007
General, Digital, General
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    Jan 2007
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A quasi-fictional correspondence with the artist Fiona Tan, this book 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. Extended text by Philip Monk. Designed by Bryan Gee.

About the authors

Philip Monk is Director of the Art Gallery of York University in Toronto. He has written eleven books, the most recent being Glamour is Theft: A User’s Guide to General Idea (2102) and Is Toronto Burning? (2015). As well, he has written dozens of catalogues on international and Canadian artists.

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