Activating our Archives is a group project led by artist Sunil Shah which uses photography and curation to bring together a community of people from across Oxford to build an online archive of images that reflect on and explore their own lives.
The archive can be viewed both online on Instagram and at the gallery. The project began in 2019, inspired by Akram Zaatari’s exhibition The Script and will be continuing in 2020.
The archive reflects and expresses aspects of our lives that we consider as private, public, individual and collective. It explores how images are used online and how we represent ourselves online through social media.
Using digital technology and analogue methods participants take photographs, select and sort their own and each others’ images, and engage in group discussions.
Join the project by following #activatingourarchives and #thescript on Instagram. There are also opportunities to add your own images, both in person and via Modern Art Oxford’s Instagram account.
Follow the project below on our digital archiving platform Padlet: