Fragile Archives



How to destabilize fixed representations of history? Transporting the past into the future and backwards, each of the selected films are focusing in different ways on temporal archives, which politicize and acknowledge the fluidity and instability of identities and spaces. In these queer visualizations of time, which are more fluent and fragile than traditional archives and ways of storytelling, the missing informations are their main content and focus. They include the personal as political, the micro to the macro-scale structure – intimacy, sexuality, feelings, anger and fear – to launch a projection that runs counter to dominant narratives.


Aykan Safoğlu, Off-white Tuilips (Kirik Beyaz Laleler), 2014, HD Video, colour sound, 20 min

Catherine Saalfield and Zoe Leonard, Keep Your Laws Off My Body, 1990, Unmatic video digital transfer, 13 min

Philipp Gufler, Imaginary Masculinity, 2012, HD Video, colour, sound, 23 min

James Richards, Crush – Clean, 2015, HD Video, colour, sound, 5 min

Matthew Buckinghams (with Sharon Hayes), Amos Fortune Road, 1996, Black and white 16mm film digital transfer, sound, 20 min


The artist Philipp Gufler (* 1989) lives in Munich. His work spans a variety of media (prints, performances, video work, and more). He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich, the Academy of Design Karlsruhe, and the University of Amsterdam. His work has been shown at “Loop” in Barcelona, Kunstverein München, “Videonale15” at Kunstmuseum Bonn and in the galleries Françoise Heitsch in Munich and Sassa Trülzsch in Berlin. Since April 2013, Gufler has been conducting research in the archives of Forum Homosexualität München e.V. and since October 2014 he is part of the committee at Lothringer13Florida, an artist-run space by the city of Munich.

Supported by the DAAD Programme: Partnerships with Greek Institutions of Higher Education 2014 – 2016 / A Cooperation between the Academy of Fine Art Munich (ADBK) and the Athens School of Fine Arts (ASFA)

Aykan Safoğlu, Off-white Tuilips (Kirik Beyaz Laleler), 2014, Still