Online Exhibition: Archival Affections [Themed Commission 2021]


Archival Affections [Themed Commission 2021]

August 27 – November 25, 2021

Presented by Trinity Square Video and supported by the EQ Bank

Vanessa Godden
Monique Todd
Lana Lovell
Yuula Benivolski
Camila Salcedo
Katayoun Jalilipour

Curated by Karina Iskandarsjah

Archival Affections presents the 2021 Themed Commissions, which were produced over a summer residency. This year’s theme invites projects that critically look at one’s relationship to archives; both non-fiction and fictional materials that account for public, private, and cultural memory. Six artists create new digital work that speculates upon unfinished, historical narratives and buried family histories, and re-imagines the physical and metaphorical traces of lost people and places.

In this online presentation, each digital work grapples with various subjects of personal importance: 19th century Iranian imagery through a queer lens; remembering Black resistance and slavery in Canada; sonic representations of the experience of Venezuelan-Canadian diaspora; disappeared citizens of the USSR; Indo-caribbean migration; and cataloguing spaces of queer joy and pleasure in London (UK). Taking form as a transmedia, online exhibition, each work convenes a broad range of forms, including: field recording, mapping, oral narratives, 3D imaging, forensic fingerprinting, and ASMR. Archival Affections centres modalities of curiosity, speculation, and fiction to meaningfully resurrect and build upon archival material; reimagining and reclaiming the past and present as acts of survivance and resistance.

Visit to explore the rich subjects and dynamic presentations of this year’s 2021 Themed Commission! (launching 27th August)

+ image credit: Yuula Benivolski

Supported by EQ Bank


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