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Emancipating the Archive (2011)
Galería Moriarty, Madrid
Neidich “reinvents” essential moments in American history, fraught with contradictory meanings, that bear a mythology neighboring 0n mystification. For this he uses an assortment of resources such as period photographs, fragments of films and even theatrical reconstructions with a twist. In his Recoding History, not shown in the exhibition but present in his book American History Reinvented published in 1989 by Aperture Books, the photographs are inhabited by a tiny detail or punctum that reveals that the image that you are viewing can not be “real” because it contains contemporary objects that didn’t exist back then. At other times he reconstructs with the same actors different scenes of rural life.