The Politics of Collecting – The Collecting of Politics
What is a collection? What is an archive? What are the relationships between documents or objects with memory, identity, history and society? What can and what cannot be archived? Can an archive become a collection? Why do we enjoy looking at a collection?
Part 3 of Play Van Abbeis about collecting as an archive of visual cultural memories. The museum maps out what a collection policy tells us about the time in which it is established. We also wonder what it means to collect ”political moments”; moments that give meaning to developments in our contemporary culture.