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The Ongoing Archive vs. The Timely Archive. A lecturer by Emilie Villez

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


Emilie Villes will talk about KADIST, an institution of the digital age, and how an institutional archive can be thought of in the 21st Century.

Kadist has had a very systematic approach to archiving in different respects, for its collection and for keeping a live record of its projects, in particular of artists who came through the residency. Not to mention keeping track of projects occurring offsite. The institution was possibly too young to have a critical or curatorial discourse towards this archiving process, to think of it in terms of practice, until a couple of editorial projects, born in the context of celebrating 10 years of Kadist, became a way to address how to tell its story.



Emilie Villez is a curator based in Paris. Since 2008, she has been working with Kadist, a non-profit arts organization based in Paris and San Francisco. After holding the position of Program Coordinator, she became Director of Kadist–Paris in 2013. She has worked with a number of international artists in producing solo presentations of their work, and collaborated closely with invited curators from all over the world. She has contributed to developing Kadist’s international programs offsite, including an exhibition co-curated with Zasha Colah and Sumesh Sharma at Clark House Initiative in Bombay in 2014, and an upcoming project with Natasa Petresin Bachelez, involving several institutions in Europe over three years.


Free admission with advance registration.

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


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