“Archivization produces as much as it records the event,” Derrida speaks of an extension beyond capture: the creation, the testimony, the oral statement, in addition to collecting, consigning, inscribing, and assembling a trace in an external location; its use, as well as, its destruction and disposal.
Employing mediums such as the book, the archive, video and the photograph, my work evolves around different practices of archiving and their historical and political development. I investigate how the aesthetic articulation in the photographic medium adds to or shapes an understanding of an event.
Titled “Anarchive” and “Aufheben”, each chapter of my work goes beyond capture and takes a core sample of an archive that has been processed through zealous information gathering and organizing, to reveal its inherent unreliability and subjectivity in a poetic way.
Claudia Sohrens is an artist from Hamburg, Germany. Employing mediums such as the book, the archive and the photograph, her work evolves around different practices of photo archiving extends to inter-textual media mixes. She is the recipient of several artist grants, such as the 2010 NYFA fellowship for Photography; she participated in artist residencies, for example at the Bronx Museum in New York and her work has been included in exhibitions at the Bronx Museum, the Brooklyn Museum and at the Artists Space in New York, as well as international art venues and festivals, such as the Electronic Language Festival in Sao Paulo, the Project Space at Kunsthalle Wien, KW – the Institut for Contemporary Art in Berlin, as well as, Kampnagel KX in Hamburg. Sohrens received an MA in Media and Communications from the European Graduate School in Switzerland (EGS), where she is a PhD candidate in Media and Communications.