Da un’idea di Ilaria Bignotti e Archivio Antonio Scaccabarozzi, Milano. A cura di Ilaria Bignotti.
Using visual material, words and thoughts in general, the project will consist of short stories about artists’ archives recounted directly by their curators, heirs and artists: these will be published at weekly intervals so as to help the art community and the public at large to find words, images, documents and food for thought on the value of time and memory in this period of waiting and reflection that is indisputably changing the way we relate to our fellow human beings and their lives.The prestigious institution of the GNAM-National Gallery of Modern Art in Rome has joined the project with its very important Bio-iconographic Archive, scientifically directed by Claudia Palma and with over twenty artists archives. Skira publisher has joined the #STAYSAFE project by publishing the images, documents and phrases from the Artists Archives in its social channels.
While we are well aware that the worldwide health emergency is currently our priority from both the ethical and physical points of view, I want to be able to continue believing that art serves to educate and support the community and, in these difficult times, rather than a way to occupy one’s leisure time, it is an opportunity for reflection and liberation, conveying the concept of courage not only for specialists, but also for people of all ages and levels of knowledge. Objects and people draw closer in order to share this new, unexpected standstill: just like us — stressed and silenced by an epidemic that obliges us all to stay put within the protective walls of our homes —the archive materials are confined to their drawers or the databases they have been copied onto: thus there is immobility in movement that the archive itself can activate, allowing silence to speak, revealing the underlying secret and giving voice to artistic expression with its essential links to life. This is why I have decided to launch a scheme that — thanks to the means of communication now available (social media and internet websites) — can give voice to the archives, places of memory dedicated to the history of an artist and related art movements that, over and above their role as containers of information, increasingly offer opportunities for exchanges, relationships and links between people. I am, therefore, asking curators and artists, heirs and managers of artists’ archives to select a series of images and thoughts on the functions and missions of their archives so they can share them with us. What we are seeking to do is allow the archive to speak, once again, directly to the community responsible for it and to allow it to take care of it. This will be achieved with words, visual material, documents and food for thought on the value of time and memory in this period of waiting and reflection that is indisputably changing the way we relate to our fellow human beings and their lives.
We wish, therefore, to ask curators of archives, the heirs of the artists who founded them, the galleries representing them to kindly send us:
The name of the archive, its location and its team;
the name of the artist it represents, together with a short biography;
one reproduction of materials and documents representative of the archive;
a brief text, written by the curator, heir or the artist the archive relates to, explaining how this archive can today offer solace and inspiration to the world of art and the public at large, summarizing the ideas of the artist to whom it is devoted (max. 2,000 characters).