PUBLIC 57: Archive/Counter-Archives

PUBLIC 57: Archive/Counter-Archives has just been published. It includes articles by Gabriela Aceves, Alejandra Bronfman, Maia Dawson, Kate Hennessy and Trudi Lynn Smith. We are grateful to editors Susan Lord, Janine Marchessault, and May Chew for this opportunity to present our work among such incredible company!


Editors: May Chew | Susan Lord | Janine Marchessault

ARCHIVE/COUNTER-ARCHIVES advances conversations regarding the changing nature and political realities of audio and visual heritage in the twenty-first century. Bringing together artists, archivists, and researchers, this issue of PUBLIC argues that the re-thinking of audio-visual heritage preservation is ultimately strategic and political, especially given the precarious material conditions of archives in the digital era, and the fact that colonial and racialized forms of structural control over the history of place and belonging continue to embargo access to the past for many communities. This issue thus turns towards the transformative potential of counter-archives, which can be political, ingenious, resistant, and community-based. These insurgent archives are embodied differently and have explicit intention to historicize differently, to disrupt conventional national narratives, and to write difference into public accounts. PUBLIC 57 also brings to the fore the work of women and Indigenous, racialized, diasporic, and LGBT2Q+ communities to create counter-archives that expand, interrogate, and disrupt conventional archives and archival methodologies.


Hend F. Alawadhi

Alejandra Bronfman, Maia Dawson, and Gabriela Aceves Sepúlveda

Mark V. Campbell

Danica Evering

Shawna Ferris, Kiera L. Ladner, Danielle Allard, and Micheline Hughes

Blair Fornwald and Barbara Meneley

Benj Gerdes and Lasse Lau

Kate Hennessy and Trudi Lynn Smith

Mél Hogan

Richard Ibghy & Marilou Lemmens

Brett Kashmere

Mary Kidd and Marie Lascu

Adam Lauder

Mary Elizabeth Luka and Brian Lilley

Sabrina Perić

Benjamin P.F. Prus

Juan Carlos Rodríguez

Steph Schem Rogerson

Catherine Russell

Adam Siegel

Danielle Taschereau Mamers

Alanna Thain

Cheryl Thompson

Mark David Turner

Jennifer VanderBurgh



K. Hart | Liz Ikiriko | Treva Michelle Legassie



Amy Luo | Joshua Synenko


296 pages | Full colour

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