Victoria Lynn




Monash University, Australia


Victoria Lynn is an independent curator and writer based in Melbourne. She is the Visual Arts Curator for the Adelaide Festival 2012. In 2010 she curated the inaugural Adelaide International, Apart, we are together for the Festival. Other recent exhibitions include: The Trickster, Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Korea 2010; Double Take, the Anne Landa Award for Video and New Media, 2009, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; turbulence, 3rd Auckland Triennial 2007, New Zealand; Julie Rrap: Body Double, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 2007 and Regarding Fear and Hope, 2007, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne. She previously held the post of Director, Creative Development at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne. Prior to that, Victoria was Curator of Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney. Victoria was also Chair, Visual Arts/Craft Board of the Australia Council from 2001-2004 and the Commissioner of the Australian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2003. She is a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Art and Design at Monash University.


This paper is presented as part of a panel discussion, The Archive. For more details click here.

Paper title

William Kentridge: Archive, Fragment and the Double


This paper will look at the work of South African artist William Kentridge who uses found documents and reproductions in his installations and videos. Rather than think of the archive as a library, or a repository of documents, he reconsiders the archive from the point of view of process. In his hands, archival imagery is remodelled through experiments in time and space. If an archive is set into motion, then there is a spatial and temporal configuration of facts/objects/stories/histories that reveal a level of precarity and contingency. There is also a revitalisation of knowledge that various canons have ignored. Such processes introduce doubt into any dominant narrative; they eschew narrative formulations and instead present a kind of spatial/temporal archaeology. Art that uses the found printed form is seen as something that is not cut off from life, but connected to multiple histories, places and events.


Friday 30 September


1:30pm - 3.00pm






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