Art Labour Archives is a Berlin-based agency active in the international cultural industry since 1996. From an interdisciplinary platform and with the advantages of an extensive global network, Art Labour Archives provides consultancy to international biennials and festivals, creates situation-specific art events and organizes high-impact theoretical meetings, among other services. Its last production (May 4-6), BE.BOP 2012. BLACK EUROPE BODY POLITICS was presented at Ballahaus Naunynstrasse in collaboration with the Allianz Cultural Foundation.
Art Labour Archives is an exceptional platform that has spiraled around the amalgamation of theory, political activism and aesthetics. In the vision of its founder, Alanna Lockward, disciplines are meant to facilitate each other´s dismantling by means of constantly challenging its own claims to legitimacy. This self-criticism and paradigm inversion places collective knowledge production as a central ambition. In this sense, the optic and praxis of Art Labour Archives is to surpass the expectations of the society of the spectacle and its insatiable appetite for visual and sensorial stimulation. Instead, the dozens of publications, exhibitions, screening programs, workshops and seminars conceptualized and produced by Art Labour Archives in the last seventeen years, have offered liberation and redemption as a viable alternative. In short: our journey is one of experiencing “art” as a labour of love and mutual examination and recognition beyond geographical, discursive and disciplinary thresholds.
CENTRAL AMERICA / MEXICO