As a starting point of this exhibition, a definition.
That of the French philosopher Jacques Derrida: the archive is a “social object that shapes the present, the past and the future”.
The dynamics of the exhibition Archive(s) sensible(s) are rooted in Derrida’s definition, as well as in the many current issues related to the construction of historical narratives, the restitution of knowledge, and the preservation of memories.
In the digital age, the Internet offers us the possibility of storing all of humanity’s knowledge in an immaterial way. Thus, faced with the digitalisation of the archive, the latter becomes impalpable, and therefore even more fragile because it is dependent on technology. Faced with this paradigm shift, the need to rethink our relationship to the archive – as a subjective classification of our history – has never been more urgent.
This exhibition will therefore be an opportunity to question and rethink the archive, in its emerging form, the “sensitive” archive.
Archive(s) Sensible(s) is supported by the Institut Français du Maroc, SCAC (Service de Coopération et d’Action Culturelle de l’Ambassade de France au Maroc) and Wallonie-Bruxelles International.
Leaflet of the exhibition