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    ''(…) what is no longer archived in the same way is no longer lived in the same way. Archivable meaning is also and in advance codetermined by the structure that archives.'' (Jacques Derrida, Archive Fever 18)

    Social media is undoubtedly an archive and seemingly similar to other repositories of photographs we are more familiar with, used to, and shaped by — at the same time it's utterly unrecognizable and compelling in a completely different way. This paper attempts to resurrect qualities of the Photograph within that apparatus as a site of belonging and beginning, akin and undissociated from singular images of extant archives from which worlds can be illumined. It aims to locate for its singular Photographic image an originary Maternal quality as the locus of its power and its politics, and from which a (connection) community can be engaged.

    What Derrida names Archive Fever ''is to have an irrepressible desire to return to the origin, a homesickness, a nostalgia for the return to the most archaic place of absolute commencement.'' (91)
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationGriselda Pollock, From Feminism to the Concentrationary and Beyond
    EditorsRaluca Bibiri
    Place of PublicationUniversity of Bucharest
    PublisherCenter of Excellence in Image Studies, University of Bucharest
    ChapterSection II
    Number of pages18
    ISBN (Print)ISSN 2247 - 7950
    Publication statusPublished - 2018


    • Facebook
    • , social media
    • Instagram
    • the singular Photograph
    • Walter Benjamin
    • the Maternal
    • archive


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