Aufheben #001 (Letter 9-7900), 2010
Archival Pigment Print, 8" x 10"
“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.
Aufheben is a German word with several seemingly contradictory meanings, including "to lift up," "to abolish," or "to sublate." The work investigates domestic space as archive and analyses the cultural implications of the “hoarding syndrome” known as the Collyer Brother’s syndrome.
The image is part of a larger series of photographs, that starts and evolves around the concept collecting and selecting cultural products, and extends into cultural rejection; the images consist of appropriated materials found in press archives in juxtaposition with my own photographs. They are composed into patterns of narratives and histories within, which may not be clear. Reduced in their systematic randomness and dismantled from their referential responsibilities the images demonstrate the impossibility of the repetition of death.