On the occasion of Archive/ Counter Archive Conference we met Italian artist Rossella Biscotti, whose research and practice is deeply weaved together with the archive and the many issues that are linked with it: memory and identity, amnesia, access, imaginary, truth, narrative and history.
Rossella Biscotti, The undercover Man, video still, 2008.
Together with her we talked about Joseph Pistone – aka Donnie Brasco – whom she managed to meet somewhere in the US – about archival materials as cultural heritage, about the relation between memory and sound.
The conversation is in Italian.
You might be interested in some seminal essays around archives and contemporary art:
- Archive Fever: Uses of the Document in Contemporary Art, Okwui Enwezo
- Archive Fever: A Freudian Impression (Religion and Postmodernism Series), Jacques Derrida
- The Archive (Documents of Contemporary Art Series), Charles Merewether.
Rossella Biscotti, The sun shines in Kiev, video still, 2006.