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Garage Archive: From a Personal Passion to an Institution. A lecturer by Sasha Obukhova

The 5th Garage International Conference. The Archive: Savior, Inventor, Witness
13 October 2017


Sasha Obukhova relays the story of the personal archive that emerged in 1987 as a collection of private memories and transformed into Garage Archive Collection.

As time went by, it accumulated more documents—more fragments of instant history—whose status was ambiguous from the start: they were entries in an intimate diary, but also a source of information which tried to be objective. Other private archives attached themselves to this archive, and so private and collective memories merged into a single narrative on the history of Russian art of the second half of the twentieth century. In 2012, the archive found its home at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, and the scale of the joint effort to preserve memory has become so huge that one can no longer see what was personal in the general flow. However, the archive’s main task has remained unchanged—to facilitate total recall. 



Sasha Obukhova is curator of Garage Archive Collection at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art. From 1993 to 1996, she worked at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Moscow and from 1999 to 2003, she was Senior Researcher at the State Tretyakov Gallery. In 2004, she became a founding member and director of the Art Project Foundation, where she established the Archive of Contemporary Russian Art. She has also written extensively on Russian contemporary art.


Free admission with advance registration.

The talk is part of the second session of the conference.


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