Lost and Found: Queerying the Archive is an international exhibition of 13 contemporary artists focusing on memory and the writing of history in relationship to gender and sexuality.
The art works question what is lost in traditional archive compilation and canon creation: What is included, and what is excluded? How is history written? And whose history is told?
In the exhibition experiences not shared by the majority are not only remembered, but also represented in an alternative language – artistic visions of histories compiled, written or performed from queer perspectives using the potent and emotionally laden detritus of society. In Lost and Found this includes found footage from silent movies and Hollywood B movies, garments and rooms from the family past, a jukebox archive of pop songs, everyday objets trouvés, and alternative ‘family’ albums.
The artists are Kimberly Austin (US), Cecilia Barriga (CL), Mary Coble (US), Aleesa Cohene (CAN), Elmgreen & Dragset (DK/NO), Conny Karlsson (SE), Heidi Lunabba (FI), Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay (CAN), Flemming Rolighed (DK), Tejal Shah (IN), Al Masson (DK/FR) and Ingo Taubhorn (DE).
The exhibition is curated by Jane Rowley and Louise Wolthers.
Denmark: Nikolaj, Copenhagen Contemporary Art Center: May 30 - August 2, 2009
Sweden: Bildmuseet, Umeå: January 31 - April 25, 2010
The publication Lost and Found: Queerying the Archive is published in conjunction with the exhibition with contributions by Ann Cvetkovich, Mathias Danbolt, Heather Love, Jane Rowley & Louise Wolthers, Joe Brainard and the artists in the exhibition. Read more here.
The exhibition and publication has been kindly supported by Danish Arts Council Comittee for Visual Arts, Danish Arts Council Comittee for International Visual Arts, The Danish Arts Council’s Diva Programme, Cultural Contact North, The Nordic Culture Fund, The Novo Nordisk Foundation, World Outgames 2009, Umeå Centre for Gender Studies at Umeå University.