Angkar

fictional archive // work in progress

In my research I looked for, found and used real documents -like photographies, drawings, graphic works and video material. This archive material was recollected on the basis of my investigation at historical archives and my own memories of the internal war in Peru in the 1980s and the first half of the 1990s. For my alternative story I transform this real archive material producing several new art pieces that document the fictional scenario. In the fiction the art pieces are catalogized under the label “Angkar” by a group of researchers called “The Organization,” who assumes that the art pieces must be made by one single anonymous artist living in Peru between the years of Sendero Lumino’s dystopical regime (1990-1994). The interpretation of the material and its historical value is based on “The Organization’s” ongoing research. Presenting myself as a part of this fictional group of researchers I want to show parts of this fictional ongoing research as an art installation.

This work shows posters, drawings, paintings and videos made by the anonymous artist and organized in card indexes by their possible date of origin and their date of entry in the catalogue of “The Organization.” In order to place the material within the historical time line of the Shining Path’s fictional regime, each card index shows an art work accompanied by a legend text explaning the work through the possible intention and role played by the anonymous artist at that time. With this arrangement I want to stress both: a temporal distance between the narrator and the narrated events and the “sense of possibility” of historical narration.