Chapter 4

Exhibition in a library on collecting and archiving

Khalidi Library

It would be a delusion to consider an archive as a stable source of truth. Nevertheless, the act of archiving and collecting is very important on the basis of uncovering – whether objective or biased – unspoken and neglected issues. It presents a potential to challenge the user to confront muted realities. Therefore an ar­chive may also become a tool for a tactile, emotional, and experience-based communication, and could open up a space for exchanging 'unrecognized' and 'unregistered' information for its users.

In this chapter, the very act of collecting and archiving is linked with the presence of a library. Thus two distinctive projects, based on long-term research by Tom Nicholson and the Raqs Media Collective, find their way into the presence of the library.