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Lyle Ashton Harris:
Ektachrome Archives
Grüner Salon


The Grüner Salon continues its collaboration with the KW Institute for Contemporary Art to present a performative presentation of NY-based artist Lyle Ashton Harris' Ektachrome Archives. Lyle Ashton Harris (born 1965, Bronx, New York) has cultivated a diverse artistic practice ranging from photography and collage to installation and performance art. His work explores intersections between the personal and the political, examining the impact of ethnicity, gender, and desire on the contemporary social and cultural dynamic. The Ektachrome Archives consist of thousands of photographs from his personal archive or ‘family album,’ shot between 1986 and 1996. During this charged period of globalization, the AIDS crisis and the formation of Queer Nations, Harris took intimate photographs of his friends, some of whom would later become cultural icons— Isaac Julien, John Akomfrah, Marlon T. Riggs, Nan Goldin, Catherine Opie, Glenn Ligon, bell hooks and others—together with images of lovers, boyfriends, self-portraits, landscapes, bedrooms and now-closed nightclubs. Addressing the Ektachrome Archive in relation to the historical period in which it was produced and in light of contemporary political and social concerns, the performance examines how the archive has expanded from a personal document of a historically significant period to a contemporary living document, and how these images might complicate our collective memory of the period.

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