2016 Relational Archives Collaboration

The Swell Gallery in San Francisco, CA, USA presented RELATIONAL ARCHIVES, a collaborative group show featuring work by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Paula Morales, Juan Pablo Pacheco, and Aaron Wilder from March 7th to 25th, 2016. RELATIONAL ARCHIVES was an exhibition that explored the different ways of constructing, interpreting, and re-interpreting an archive in an era of intangibility where the physicality of documents and images is no longer a priority. How can we understand our relationship to the past when traditional archives start losing their authority and the boundaries between the simulated and the real become increasingly blurred? How do we understand the impulse to record when space and time are shattered through the digital and its relationship to global environmental, social, and political crises? Our common understanding of the archive is interpretative, meaning that it is based upon our own relation to the objects and information displayed. RELATIONAL ARCHIVES plays with fiction, reenactment, and imaginative intervention to engage with the meaning of the images/objects, not necessarily with the factuality of the events that these are supposed to speak to. Each artist in the show accessed, interpreted, and curated the archive of a different artist in the show. Through this collaborative exercise, the artists sought to open a dialogue about limitations of partiality and the subjectivity of authorship.

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Relational Archives Promotional Poster
Design by Paula Morales
Relational Archives Promotional Poster
Design by Paula Morales
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Relational Archives at the Swell Gallery
Collaboration on exhibit March 7-25, 2016
San Francisco, CA, USA 
Relational Archives at the Swell Gallery
Collaboration on exhibit March 7-25, 2016
San Francisco, CA, USA 
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4 Channel Video Installation (East Wall)
Left: Interview of Paula Morales on Working with Zulfikar's Archive
Right: Interview of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto on Working with Juan Pablo's Archive
4 Channel Video Installation (East Wall)
Left: Interview of Paula Morales on Working with Zulfikar's Archive
Right: Interview of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto on Working with Juan Pablo's Archive
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4 Channel Video Installation (West Wall)
Left: Interview of Aaron Wilder on Working with Paula's Archive
Right: Interview of Juan Pablo Pacheco on Working with Aaron's Archive
4 Channel Video Installation (West Wall)
Left: Interview of Aaron Wilder on Working with Paula's Archive
Right: Interview of Juan Pablo Pacheco on Working with Aaron's Archive
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Aaron Wilder's Curation of Paula Morales' Archive
"Movimiento Involuntario"
Mixed Media Installation
Aaron Wilder's Curation of Paula Morales' Archive
"Movimiento Involuntario"
Mixed Media Installation
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Aaron Wilder's Curation of Paula Morales' Archive
"Movimiento Involuntario"
Mixed Media Installation
Aaron Wilder's Curation of Paula Morales' Archive
"Movimiento Involuntario"
Mixed Media Installation
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Aaron Wilder's Curation of Paula Morales' Archive
"Movimiento Involuntario"
Mixed Media Installation
Aaron Wilder's Curation of Paula Morales' Archive
"Movimiento Involuntario"
Mixed Media Installation
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Aaron Wilder's Curation of Paula Morales' Archive
Top: "Miedo a la Oscuridad"
3 Inkjet Prints on Mylar
Bottom: "Libre Crezca Fecundo"
18 Inkjet Prints on Paper 
Aaron Wilder's Curation of Paula Morales' Archive
Top: "Miedo a la Oscuridad"
3 Inkjet Prints on Mylar
Bottom: "Libre Crezca Fecundo"
18 Inkjet Prints on Paper 
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Aaron Wilder's Curation of Paula Morales' Archive
"¡Viva Arbenz!"
Mixed Media Installation 
Aaron Wilder's Curation of Paula Morales' Archive
"¡Viva Arbenz!"
Mixed Media Installation 
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Aaron Wilder's Curation of Paula Morales' Archive
"¡Viva Arbenz!"
Mixed Media Installation 
Aaron Wilder's Curation of Paula Morales' Archive
"¡Viva Arbenz!"
Mixed Media Installation 
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Aaron Wilder's Curation of Paula Morales' Archive
"¡Viva Arbenz!"
Mixed Media Installation 
Aaron Wilder's Curation of Paula Morales' Archive
"¡Viva Arbenz!"
Mixed Media Installation 
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Aaron Wilder's Curation of Paula Morales' Archive
"¡Viva Arbenz!"
Mixed Media Installation 
Aaron Wilder's Curation of Paula Morales' Archive
"¡Viva Arbenz!"
Mixed Media Installation 
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Aaron Wilder's Curation of Paula Morales' Archive
Top: "Astrólogo/Curador/Sacerdotisa"
Inkjet Print on Paper
Bottom: "¿Fue Ella Una Persona Real?"
Mixed Media Installation 
Aaron Wilder's Curation of Paula Morales' Archive
Top: "Astrólogo/Curador/Sacerdotisa"
Inkjet Print on Paper
Bottom: "¿Fue Ella Una Persona Real?"
Mixed Media Installation 
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Aaron Wilder's Curation of Paula Morales' Archive
"¿Fue Ella Una Persona Real?"
Mixed Media Installation 
Aaron Wilder's Curation of Paula Morales' Archive
"¿Fue Ella Una Persona Real?"
Mixed Media Installation 
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Juan Pablo Pacheco's Curation of Aaron Wilder's Archive
"Dear Aaron"
Inkjet Prints on Paper 
Juan Pablo Pacheco's Curation of Aaron Wilder's Archive
"Dear Aaron"
Inkjet Prints on Paper 
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Juan Pablo Pacheco's Curation of Aaron Wilder's Archive
"Dear Aaron"
Inkjet Prints on Paper 
Juan Pablo Pacheco's Curation of Aaron Wilder's Archive
"Dear Aaron"
Inkjet Prints on Paper 
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Juan Pablo Pacheco's Curation of Aaron Wilder's Archive
"Aaron the Baron :-) B-day"
Mixed Media Installation 
Juan Pablo Pacheco's Curation of Aaron Wilder's Archive
"Aaron the Baron :-) B-day"
Mixed Media Installation 
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Juan Pablo Pacheco's Curation of Aaron Wilder's Archive
"Aaron the Baron :-) B-day"
Mixed Media Installation 
Juan Pablo Pacheco's Curation of Aaron Wilder's Archive
"Aaron the Baron :-) B-day"
Mixed Media Installation 
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Juan Pablo Pacheco's Curation of Aaron Wilder's Archive
"Aaron the Baron :-) B-day"
Mixed Media Installation 
Juan Pablo Pacheco's Curation of Aaron Wilder's Archive
"Aaron the Baron :-) B-day"
Mixed Media Installation 
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Juan Pablo Pacheco's Curation of Aaron Wilder's Archive
"Three Letters"
Video 
Juan Pablo Pacheco's Curation of Aaron Wilder's Archive
"Three Letters"
Video 
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Paula Morales' Curation of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto's Archive
"My Life"
Laser Etching on Cast Acrylic 
Paula Morales' Curation of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto's Archive
"My Life"
Laser Etching on Cast Acrylic 
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Paula Morales' Curation of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto's Archive
"My Life"
Inkjet Prints on Paper 
Paula Morales' Curation of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto's Archive
"My Life"
Inkjet Prints on Paper 
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Paula Morales' Curation of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto's Archive
"My Life"
Inkjet Prints on Paper 
Paula Morales' Curation of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto's Archive
"My Life"
Inkjet Prints on Paper 
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Paula Morales' Curation of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto's Archive
"My Life"
Inkjet Prints on Paper 
Paula Morales' Curation of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto's Archive
"My Life"
Inkjet Prints on Paper 
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Paula Morales' Curation of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto's Archive
"My Life"
Inkjet Prints on Paper 
Paula Morales' Curation of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto's Archive
"My Life"
Inkjet Prints on Paper 
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Zulfikar Ali Bhutto's Curation of Juan Pablo Pacheco's Archive
"Recollect"
Mixed Media Installation 
Zulfikar Ali Bhutto's Curation of Juan Pablo Pacheco's Archive
"Recollect"
Mixed Media Installation 
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Zulfikar Ali Bhutto's Curation of Juan Pablo Pacheco's Archive
"Recollect"
Mixed Media Installation 
Zulfikar Ali Bhutto's Curation of Juan Pablo Pacheco's Archive
"Recollect"
Mixed Media Installation 
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Zulfikar Ali Bhutto's Curation of Juan Pablo Pacheco's Archive
"Recollect"
Mixed Media Installation 
Zulfikar Ali Bhutto's Curation of Juan Pablo Pacheco's Archive
"Recollect"
Mixed Media Installation 
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Zulfikar Ali Bhutto's Curation of Juan Pablo Pacheco's Archive
"Recollect"
Mixed Media Installation 
Zulfikar Ali Bhutto's Curation of Juan Pablo Pacheco's Archive
"Recollect"
Mixed Media Installation 
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Zulfikar Ali Bhutto's Curation of Juan Pablo Pacheco's Archive
"Recollect"
Mixed Media Installation 
Zulfikar Ali Bhutto's Curation of Juan Pablo Pacheco's Archive
"Recollect"
Mixed Media Installation