SEARCHING EUROPEAN FLEA MARKETS TO RECREATE A COLLECTIVE MEMORY

As we move our ‘stuff’ moves with us, and even after we’re gone it keeps moving. This is the great migration of things as they shift from room to room, house to house, from one family member to another, to a storage box, a second hand shop and finally an auction house or a flea market. ‘Things’ used to migrate locally, but globalisation, consumerism and the internet have greatly extended their migratory patterns. And along with the decline of the flea market, chance encounters with objects and their memories are disappearing.

In this collaboration between Erik Kessels and Thomas Mailaender, the two are hitting the road in an ‘Archive on Wheels’. They’re on a mission to recreate a collective memory of Europe by assembling images and objects collected at flea markets across the continent.

The Europe Archive project centres around a shipping container that’s been transformed into a climate controlled storage unit complete with shelves. The archive will be transported across Europe by a golden truck accompanied by Erik Kessels and Thomas Mailaender. While on the road, the pair will hunt for new objects to add to the existing Europa Collection. At the end of its journey the truck will finally arrive at museums, where the public are invited to discover the collection gathered by the two artists alongside their trip in Europe.

The first stop for the Europe Archive will take place at the Diversity United exhibition in Moscow from the 15th of November until the 21st of February 2021. Due to Covid-19 the physical archive will not be able to be there, however, visitors can scan tiles complete with QR codes directing them to the entire collection online. Hopefully the archive will be on the road soon!


Logo Diversity United

90 ARTISTS, 35 COUNTRIES, ONE CONTINENT IN DIALOGUE

The exhibition Diversity United – with venues in Moscow, Berlin and Paris – is dedicated to portraying the artistic face of Europe, presenting a forum for artistic dialogue and solidarity. It focuses on the vitality and diversity of the contemporary European art scene since the fall of the Iron Curtain until the present day. The exhibition has brought together works from the genres of painting, sculpture, video and new media, photography, installations, drawing and object art by 90 established and emerging artists from across the entire continent of Europe, spanning generations, genders and regions. Diversity United addresses themes such as freedom and dignity, dialogue and conflict, political and personal identity, democracy and its erosion, (fear of) the future, solidarity and separation, the current pandemic and its consequences.

SEARCHING
EUROPEAN FLEA MARKETS
TO RECREATE
A COLLECTIVE
MEMORY

As we move our ‘stuff’ moves with us, and even after we’re gone it keeps moving. This is the great migration of things as they shift from room to room, house to house, from one family member to another, to a storage box, a second hand shop and finally an auction house or a flea market. ‘Things’ used to migrate locally, but globalisation, consumerism and the internet have greatly extended their migratory patterns. And along with the decline of the flea market, chance encounters with objects and their memories are disappearing.

In this collaboration between Erik Kessels and Thomas Mailaender, the two are hitting the road in an ‘Archive on Wheels’. They’re on a mission to recreate a collective memory of Europe by assembling images and objects collected at flea markets across the continent.

The Europe Archive project centres around a shipping container that’s been transformed into a climate controlled storage unit complete with shelves. The archive will be transported across Europe by a golden truck accompanied by Erik Kessels and Thomas Mailaender. While on the road, the pair will hunt for new objects to add to the existing Europa Collection. At the end of its journey the truck will finally arrive at museums, where the public are invited to discover the collection gathered by the two artists alongside their trip in Europe.

The first stop for the Europe Archive will take place at the Diversity United exhibition in Moscow from the 15th of November until the 21st of February 2021. Due to Covid-19 the physical archive will not be able to be there, however, visitors can scan tiles complete with QR codes directing them to the entire collection online. Hopefully the archive will be on the road soon!


Logo Diversity United

90 ARTISTS, 35 COUNTRIES, ONE CONTINENT IN DIALOGUE

The exhibition Diversity United – with venues in Moscow, Berlin and Paris – is dedicated to portraying the artistic face of Europe, presenting a forum for artistic dialogue and solidarity. It focuses on the vitality and diversity of the contemporary European art scene since the fall of the Iron Curtain until the present day. The exhibition has brought together works from the genres of painting, sculpture, video and new media, photography, installations, drawing and object art by 90 established and emerging artists from across the entire continent of Europe, spanning generations, genders and regions. Diversity United addresses themes such as freedom and dignity, dialogue and conflict, political and personal identity, democracy and its erosion, (fear of) the future, solidarity and separation, the current pandemic and its consequences.