The Dresden Archive Project - An exhibition of documentary photographs, collages & prints

The Dresden Archive Project, a work by artist Alan Turnbull, is an act of remembrance of the Dresden that was lost in a firestorm at the end of the Second World War. The archive itself is a collection of images which celebrate the city’s history - postcards, photographs and printed ephemera relating to Dresden, beginning around 1870 when Saxony still had its own King, and ending in the 1950’s , with Dresden, a ruined city, passing to Soviet control.

The work in this exhibition makes use of archive material in two ways. The first is documentary, the second is as a starting point for making new art. The documentary pieces are digital prints showing everyday life and portraits of those who lived in the city; other works here explore the city’s history through the juxtaposition of image and commentary. There are a variety of images here of fairgrounds, funfairs, cafes and hotels to depictions of the Saxon Royal Family, and the presence of the Third Reich and Soviet regimes. Also on display will be art works made specifically for this exhibition, including prints and collages constructed from actual archive material. In presenting this exhibition, Alan Turnbull has combined the roles of archivist and artist.

This exhibition can now be seen at the GHIL until 12 April 2013.

German Historical Institute London

17 Bloomsbury Square

London WC1A 2NJ

Mo, Tue, Wed, Fri: 10 am- 5 pm
Thursday: 10 am – 8 pm
Closed Weekends and Bank Holidays

Published on: 
25 Feb 2013