The Bureau of Memories: Archives and Ephemera


The 2014 Ethnographic Terminalia exhibition “The Bureau of Memories: Archives and Ephemera” has opened at Hierarchy Gallery, in Washington D.C. Details can be found on the ETC website.

The Bureau of Memories: Archives and Ephemera is a thematic reflection on the archive and its discontents. Washington’s identity as the seat of American political power is amplified through its role as the locus of its own memorialization. Where there is history, there is haunting. By drawing on the archive’s unnerving, uncanny, and ephemeral specters, this exhibition is an effort to re-imagine and reposition archives as sites which not only have the capacity to produce and contest historical memory, but also generate significant gaps and blind spots.

Read Paul Stoller’s review of The Bureau of Memories in Cultural Anthropology 

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Photo by Craig Campbell, 2014.


Amber Lincoln’s ‘History Felt’. Photo by Aynur Kadir, 2014.