Suely Rolnik: Archive Mania


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Archive Mania

Over the last two decades, a compulsion to archive has seized a large part of the globalized territory of art, from academic research to art exhibitions based on archives, provoking harsh disputes among collections over acquisitions. Among the privileged objects of analysis are the artistic proposals developed in Latin America during the 1960s and 70s, when politics became enmeshed in poetics. What has caused this desire for the archive to emerge in the present context? What are the politics of desire driving these initiatives and their modes of presentation?


Suely Rolnik has degrees in Sociology and Philosophy from the Université Paris VIII and a degree in Psychology from the Université Paris VII. She teaches at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo and is a visiting professor in the Program of Independent Studies at the Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MacBa) and the Official Master's program in Contemporary Art History and Visual Culture at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia (MNCARS). Her work is located in a terrain transversalized by philosophy, clinical practice, politics, and aesthetics and takes the form of research, writing, teaching, treatment, and clinical practice strictu senso. She is the author, among other books, of Micropolítica: Cartografías del deseo (in collaboration with Félix Guattari) and a researcher with the network Conceptualismos del Sur.

Background Information
  • Encuentro location (Bogotá): Auditório Virginia Gutiérrez , Posgrados Ciencias Humanas, Universidad Nacional de Colombia
  • Date: August 25, 2009
  • Country: Brazil
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