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Reality Bites, Document in Contemporary Art

Editors: Eija Aarnio, Patrik Nyberg
Publication date: 
Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art

Contemporary art opens the archives of private memory and challenges our entrenched ways of perceiving reality. This catalogue looks at the nature and status of the document in media ranging from artefacts and filmic narrative to live performance. The essays explore various perspectives on what has been termed as the 'documentary turn' in contemporary art, analysing the ways in which artists recycle and reinterpret exisiting documents or documentary genres in their art.