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Tomorrow's Archives: Faded but Not Forgotten: a workshop with Hagar Cygler

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This workshop led by Hagar Cygler in collaboration with Christina Niazian is an invitation to engage book making as a life practice.

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“I read used books and find sentences underlined by others, and scavenge through endless piles of photos in thrift stores. I find it easier to be an outsider to the leftovers of others. I build the story behind it, and imagine the full life through a couple of signs. I think about others like me, also looking for missing parts. Maybe I am holding their missing pieces of the story, holding them in my context of imagination … When approaching old materials, there is always the ambivalence of what to do with them, what to hold on to, how and where to store them, what are the rules and laws we can work by to know how to handle the ephemera of a life. ” - Hager Cygler

Drawn from her book set made of found books and photographs, Faded but Not Forgotten negotiates the delicate, trace remnants of strangers’ pasts. This workshop led by Hagar Cygler in collaboration with Christina Niazian is an invitation to engage book making as a life practice with an emphasis on the process of exploring the common variables one faces when assembling a book: instinct, archives, decisions, sequence, and binding. This workshop will give participants the opportunity to engage in a conversation about bookbinding techniques and the role they can play to convey an interwoven concept. Various styles will be discussed including how to bind a one page book.

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The Tomorrow’s Archives workshop series was conceived collectively in an ad hoc Southland Institute course — “what is programming?”— formed in the wake of Covid-19, and in response to an invitation to contribute programming to the Recent Pasts exhibition.

Recent Pasts is organized by Aurora Tang, independent curator in collaboration with Love’s Remedies (ArtCenter DTLA Residency Project 2020), the Southland Institute, and ArtCenter DTLA. Recent Pasts is supported in part by ArtCenter’s Exhibitions and the Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

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