Grupo de Investigación
Departamento de Historia del Arte
Universitat de Barcelona

Grupo de Investigación
Departamento de Historia del Arte
Universitat de Barcelona


​The book “Reframing the Archive” emerges from a cycle of research seminars presented at the Portuguese Center of Photography (CPF), Portugal, between 2018 and 2019, attended by experts on photography, art history, philosophy and visual arts, including artists whose work explores the appropriation of archival images, approached as critical devices for rethinking historical narratives and the memory of past events.

The book brings together the contribution of guest speakers who participated in the events and whose contributions address the complexity of the archive and the potential interactions between the ‘inside’ and the ‘outside’ of its structure, between official and excluded documents, acknowledged histories and forgotten stories, thus opening up new possibilities not only of perceiving the gaps in historical narratives but also of reconfiguring the processes of individual and collective memory.

By contesting the principles of historicism and creating new aesthetic and conceptual articulations within photographic records, both scholars and artists defy previous structures of knowledge, providing new spaces of thinking and meaning.

Editor: Ana Catarina Pinho
Contributing authors: Susana Lourenço Marques; Pedro Lagoa; José Maçãs de Carvalho; Paula Ribeiro Lobo; Manuel Botelho; Daniel Barroca; Paulo Mendes; Ana Janeiro.
Design: Inês Cardoso
Copy-editing: John F. Nelson


Ana Catarina Pinho
Introduction / Introdução
Reframing the archive. Looking at and through photographs of history and memory.
Reenquadrar o arquivo. Olhar para e através de fotografias da história e memória.

Susana Lourenço Marques
Archive and failure, or how to remain invisible. Essay on slowness.
Arquivo e falha, ou como permanecer invisível. Ensaio sobre a lentidão.

Pedro Lagoa
The archive of destruction. A/B. Part A: Medusa’s Strategies.
O arquivo de destruição. A/B. Parte A: As Estratégias da Medusa.

José Maçãs de Carvalho
Archive, apparatus and time.
Arquivo, dispositivo e tempo.

Paula Ribeiro Lobo
Images of war, memory and history. Photography and past made present.
Imagens de guerra, memória, história. Fotografia e passado feito presente.

Manuel Botelho

Daniel Barroca
Memory is but images reverberating violently.
A memória são imagens repercutindo violentamente.

Paulo Mendes
S for Saudade.
S de Saudade.

Ana Janeiro
The archive is present.
O arquivo está presente.

References / Referências

Biographical Notes / Notas Biográficas

Ana Catarina Pinho

Ana Catarina Pinho

Investigadora de doctorado

Ana Catarina Pinho (1983, Porto) is a fellow researcher at FCT (Foundation for Science and Technology), developing a PhD at the European Centre for Documentary Research (eCDR), in the University of South Wales, United Kingdom. In her thesis she is investigating contemporary lens based media practices that problematize, contest and appropriate the document and the archive, with a particular focus on the Portuguese historical context from the 20th and 21st centuries.

Holds a degree in Fine Arts from Escola Superior Artística do Porto and a Master Degree in Documentary Photography and Cinema from IPP, Porto. Worked as an Assistant Professor at the Polytechnic Institute of Porto (2013-2016) and at the University of Coimbra (2016) in Portugal. 

Founded ARCHIVO in 2012, a platform for critical reflexion on visual culture and photography, through debate around its practices and discourses, where she edited the quarterly magazine ArchivoZine, from 2012 to 2016. Since 2017, Archivo Platform became a methodological tool for her doctoral thesis and, in this context, she is currently coordinating the research project REFRAMING THE ARCHIVE, through seminars, editorial and curatorial work.


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