Barbara Cousin has lived and worked in Berlin since 2014. Her work deals with memory and, through it, our relationship to time, history and oblivion. These topics have inspired personal creation, installations about major historical events, and intergenerational participatory projects, questioning the link between individual and collective memory.
Beyond the objects in any given archive is a myriad of people, encounters and exchanges. The desire to locate the human element beneath archives is challenged by new technology. As part of ‘Life Stories and Archives’, we began a virtual ‘common archive’. Our collaborative thread addresses pertinent questions arising from shared interests in how individual’s origins, biases, networks and political struggles fuel the need to collect.