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Yixuan Shao ︎

Untitled (Gleaners)

Medium: 35mm film projector, found film slides, found text.

How does the archive accumulate and disperse over time? How is it preserved? At what price? What does an object undergo when it is purchased, acquired, found, stolen? And how is its identiy changed, destroyed, erased?

These are the questions I was grappling with after I found an archive of film slides containing of a missionary group/family traveling around the world between 1950-1970s. Of course, the information about their journeys is unobtainable, except for my scrabbles of  interpretation of each film box’s label of date, locaiton, and the word “discard.” I cannot help but wonder about the power of the archivist, and the violent acts a cultural object could endure.