THE UNREAL ISSUE
232 pgs, 23 x 31 cm
Price: 70 lei
How can we define the truth of things? Can a story be objective?
What we know about reality could dissolve at any moment, and it's (also) because of this that archives exist.
But archives themselves entail manipulating the reality; when archivists choose what to preserve and what to discard, they redefine and condition our future memory.
In order to answer these questions Archivio's editors Achille Filipponi and Matteo Milaneschi and editor in chief Alba Solaro involved a group of contributors who have dealt with fascinating stories, which measured themselves against the language of power, the alteration of the body on a theatre stage, the cinematic illusion of another reality, how perception is altered by the gaze in art and psychology.
So: what's inside Archivio 4—The Unreal Issue? A conversation with the director of Castello di Rivoli Museum and Cerruti Foundation Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, focused on the link between museums and archives; Bill Owens' iconic shots of post-war stars and stripes suburbia, faces and places similar to those Claudio Majorana Sr. caught some years before at the end of the 1950s, when he took part in the first political mission of the region Sicily to the USA; Enrico Deaglio who tells a story of racial persecution and anti-Semitism that took place in Milan, Ricordi's first battle against piracy in pre-digital era such as the 19th century; Carlo Antonelli's break into the cultural environment where Stone Island founder Massimo Osti was trained; and more. Stories that help us to understand better what Andreas Gursky meant when he claimed “Reality deserves to be represented only where it is constructed”.