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After 15 years since its launch at the CCA Ujazdowski Castle in 2004 and exhibitions in 2005 at the Whitechapel Gallery London, KW Institute Berlin, Fundacio Antoni Tàpies Barcelona, the project is now part of the collection of the Museum of Modern Art Warsaw available to all.
Stills from the movie of Franciszek Dzida Through the Mirror, 1985, 16mm 15’42” AKF Klaps Chybie
“Presented as a collaborative artwork, Enthusiasts: archive explores how the generosity of the enthusiast reveals a range of interests and experiences generally invisible amid the breathless flow of the state-sponsored or professionally mediated culture. Through our founding of Enthusiasts: archive as an artwork, we intend to challenge creative practices, to replace exchanges facilitated by frustration and restriction with those of collaboration and generosity. We want to reanimate the public function of archives, collections and exhibitions in an age characterized by relentless privatization, and to initiate new practices of exhibition, aiming to reconfigure them as conscious sites of exchange and negotiation over the ‘making’ and ‘re-making’ of the work of art. Our intention with Enthusiasts: archive is to stimulate interest in and discussion of the nature of creative exchange, access to public archives, and the future of the public domain.” Neil Cummings and Marysia Lewandowska