Archive and Conflict

Artistic strategies counter-acting repressive stories




Archive, Conflict, Visual Arts, Historical narratives, Cultural memory


The collaborative project 'Archive and Conflict: Archives and the Techno-Aesthetics of Datafication' between the Archivo Platform and the Global Art Archive Research Network (Universitat de Barcelona) has resulted in the publication of this journal volume. It explores the dynamic nature of archives and the significant role of photography and other lens-based media in shaping our understanding of historical and cultural legacies, especially those related to conflicts. By investigating the convergence of documentary sources in both analogical and digital archival contexts, and the ways in which they express imaginaries, representations, and memories, this volume seeks to elucidate the complex mechanisms that influence our perceptions of the past, the present and thus the possibility of realising more equitable futures. Through this exploration, contributors examine how archives serve as indispensable tools for comprehending, preserving, and reinterpreting cultural and historical narratives related to conflict events.


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Author Biographies

Anna María Guasch, University of Barcelona, Spain

Anna Maria Guasch is an Art History Professor at the University of Barcelona. She also directs and coordinates Global Art Archive, a research group that studies archives and their role as a liaison between collective memory and individual development. Her most recent books include “El arte en la era de lo global. 1989-2015” (Madrid, Alianza, 2016), “The Codes of the Global” (Ediciones Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona 2018), “The Turns of the Global” (Ediciones Universitat de Barcelona 2019), “Derivas. Ensayos críticos sobre arte y pensamiento” (Madrid, Akal, 2021), “A New Ecology of Knowledges: modes of abyssal thinking” (Routledge, 2023) and “Art and Archive. 1920-2010. Genealogies, Typologies and discontinuities” (Barcelona, 2024).

Ana Catarina Pinho, IHA, Nova University of Lisbon

Ana Catarina Pinho is a researcher, editor and visual artist.  She holds a PhD awarded by the European Centre for Documentary Research (eCDR), at the University of South Wales, UK, developed with a fellowship granted by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT). She's currently affiliated to the research groups Global Art Archive (GAA), University of Barcelona, and Contemporary Art Studies (CASt), IHA, Nova University of Lisbon. Pinho is the founder director of ARCHIVO, and the editor-in-chief of the scholarly journal ARCHIVO PAPERS (ISSN-2184-9218).

Arola Valls Bofill, University of Barcelona, Spain

Arola Valls holds a PhD in Education from the Faculty of Education of the Universitat de Barcelona, and is a researcher, teacher and independent curator. She has curated, among others, the exhibitions H(a)unting images: anatomía de un disparo at Caixaforum Barcelona and Imago vocis: eco de lo visible at the Centre del Carme in Valencia. She has published essays on photography and archival practices in catalogues and books, including World History of Women Photographers and Memoria y desacuerdo: políticas del archivo, registro y álbum familiar. She teaches at the Faculty of Education of the Universitat de Barcelona and at various private art and photography schools. Since 2009, she has collaborated with the Fundació “La Caixa” in the design of mediation projects with the public around contemporary art exhibitions at CaixaForum.

Pablo Santa Olalla, Independent researcher

Pablo Santa Olalla is an independent researcher in Art History. With a PhD from the Universitat de Barcelona, he collaborates with the research project Global Art Archive (GAA), directed by Professor Anna Maria Guasch. He has also collaborated with the Muntadas Archive Association. Center for Studies and Research (ARXIU/AM) and, among other positions in cultural management, curatorship and mediation in contemporary art institutions, he currently works at the Creative Factory La Escocesa, and coordinates the artistic research projects at the Santa Mònica Art Center, both in Barcelona.


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Guasch, A. M. ., Pinho, A. C., Valls Bofill, A., & Santa Olalla, P. (2024). Archive and Conflict: Artistic strategies counter-acting repressive stories. Archivo Papers, 4, 7–18.




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