Accidental Archieves


Sara Cwynar´s latest project, Accidental Archieves, is an accumulation, arrangement and documentation of images and objects, aimed to create an organized and material record of personal experience. Choosing from her own archive of saved objects, personal photographs and found images she creates densely-layered compositions, while they are simply categorized by color.

But from this most obvious trait her studies move to their own narratives, associations and feelings that yield a sense of order and meaning apart from apparent randomness. This study deals with the tropes of photography, the still life, the news photo or even the leftover photo of your ex boyfriend. Its about working through all the souvenirs, junk and forgotten memories we accumulate during our lives and thus somehow raise questions about the role of physicality in photography and how we see and understand our culture.
Cwynar is a New York-based artist, graphic designer and book-maker. Doing a lot of things very well, she works for The New York Times Magazine as a graphic designer as well as on her broad artistic practice, including photography, collage, installation, video and bookmaking.

All images © Sara Cwynar

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