Rungh Archives

Reflections on the Archive

Archives are sexy. The old is new again. In this issue, Rungh has compiled six different pieces to canvas different perspectives on the archive.

Archivist Melanie Hardbattle and scholars Kamal Arora and Anne Murphy provide their own views on the archive based in theory and practice.

Filmmaker Ali Kazimi, questions constructions of the national archive and reflects on how the archive has been intertwined with his documentary making process.

Artist Jagdeep Singh Raina is featured in the Artist Run Centre (and the banners in this issue) and in the text accompanying his art work, links back to how Gurinder Chadha's I'm British But… (in our Screens section) inspired his recent series of art.

This focus on the archive is a part of Rungh's #NewRunghArchive project (follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram).

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Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

Archival Truth and Memory

Reflections on the Archive

We live within a world that is both obsessed with the past, but also in some sense numbed to it, a strange combination of presentism and past-centrism that does seem quite distinct both from the forward-looking period of high-modernism and the concern for "tradition" that appeared in its wake

Dr. Anne Murphy

Dr. Anne Murphy

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Trust, Access, Engagement and Balance

Reflections on the Archive

I have come to realize the extent to which many groups were excluded over the years and archivists really need to focus their attention on correcting this imbalance, either by proactively acquiring the records of groups that have been traditionally under-represented or assisting these groups to maintain their own historical record.

Melanie Hardbattle

Melanie Hardbattle

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Making visible, invisible communities

Reflections on the Archive

I find that one of the challenges with South Asian communities is that we are not aware of our own historical importance. As minority groups we have been marginalized and told that our stories are not important. Yet they are critical.

Dr. Kamal Arora

Dr. Kamal Arora

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Transformative and Radicalizing

Reflections on the Archive

What is remembered matters. As a filmmaker and, later as a writer, I have been exploring how we remember, through the preservation of material objects for the past couple of decades.The power to define our understanding of the past, to frame our present and envision a future, stem from the archive.

Ali Kazimi

Ali Kazimi

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