Livingstone gallery, The Hague / Berlin

Anna Paulownastraat 70 A/B, 2518 BH The Hague, The Netherlands



The Collective Memory Archive

At VOLTA Basel 2019 we present the concept of a Collective Memory Archive. Five artists contribute to this concept from each of their specific backgrounds: Aaron van Erp (NL/PY), Raquel Maulwurf (E/NL), Ruri Matsumoto (J/D), Man Schneider (D) and Jan Wattjes (NL).

In the 1920’s French philosopher Maurice Halbwachs devised the thesis that a society has a collective memory. A memory that exists outside of, and lives beyond, the individual. The individual's understanding of the past is connected to this group consciousness. 

Artists visualize not what we see, but that which we know, making current events tangible and documenting this collective memory in an ever expanding visual archive.

Raquel Maulwurf
Night raid on Toyama Japan 1-2 VIII ’45
2019, Charcoal pastel on museum board, 143 x 143 cm.
Jan Wattjes
Matthew Marks Gallery, NYC II
2018, Oil on canvas, 200 x 150 cm.
Ruri Matsumoto
Line Broken nr.01
2018, Acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 230 x 190 cm.
Photo by Peter Cox.