Abkhazia Files (working title)
Emerging as part of ‘The Archive’ 2017 Residency Programme at SKLAD (Sukhum, Abkhazia), this collaborative project is an outcome of Jury and Kuc’s research into the ideas behind the Disasters of Peace themes, as well as their broad interest in themes such as memory, trauma and archive, as reflected in their practice. Currently a work in progress, Abkhazia Files is envisaged as both, two separate films, authored by Jury and Kuc, as well as a collaborative multi-media installation that examines the widening territory between the authority of the physical repository and the ephemeral archive of shared social narratives in the age of mass communication. Abkhazia Files seeks to question what makes an archive and crucially, what does an archive make? If an archive is understood as a vessel that stores and represents the past, what does the archive stand for in the wake of its absence? An uncertain future? Or a release from the past? While a physical archive can solidify and set an identity, arguably, its destruction can liberate the individual to participate in the shaping of new stories. In the current age of mass-mediation, this installation suggests that histories operate as dynamic forms of media practice rather than fixed national narratives.