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THE PAST ISN’T PAST

Three artists featured in Greater New York discuss the documentary impulse

Interview

“Knowledge and stories often do not enter into an official archive or history, and so they seem to disappear to some. We’re devoted to surfacing the ways in which they have not disappeared and how they can be brought back to life, like a resurrection process: research as resurrection.”- Shanzhai Lyric

Greater New York artists Shanzhai Lyric, BlackMass Publishing, and Hiram Maristany sat down to discuss one of the themes that run through the show: the importance of documentary and archival methods. Read the full roundtable discussion in the MoMA magazine. It's just one of the roundtable conversations between artists in the exhibition, all of which are now available in the Greater New York catalogue, available for purchase through Artbook @ MoMA PS1.

“Knowledge and stories often do not enter into an official archive or history, and so they seem to disappear to some. We’re devoted to surfacing the ways in which they have not disappeared and how they can be brought back to life, like a resurrection process: research as resurrection.”- Shanzhai Lyric

Greater New York artists Shanzhai Lyric, BlackMass Publishing, and Hiram Maristany sat down to discuss one of the themes that run through the show: the importance of documentary and archival methods. Read the full roundtable discussion in the MoMA magazine. It's just one of the roundtable conversations between artists in the exhibition, all of which are now available in the Greater New York catalogue, available for purchase through Artbook @ MoMA PS1.

Artworks

Since this conversation, we have been saddened by the passing of Maristany, a legendary documentary photographer and key figure in the struggle for civil rights in our city. We hope this conversation will serve as a tribute to Maristany’s lifelong commitment to supporting young artists and fostering social change through his art.

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Hiram Maristany. Abuelita Maristany. 1969. Photograph. Image courtesy the artist