Soviet Space Archive: Configuration II

McCartney, Ella. 2015. Soviet Space Archive: Configuration II. In: "Soviet Space Archive: Configuration II", Calvert 22 Foundation, London, United Kingdom, 10 – 31 October 2015. [Show/Exhibition]

Item Type:

Show/Exhibition
Creators: McCartney, Ella
Abstract or Description:

Soviet Space Archive: Configuration II, a muliti-modal exhibition curated by Ella McCartney and Rory McCartney comprised of archive material including photography and ephemera dedicated to key moments surrounding Soviet space exploration between 1957–1988.
Instead of presenting one definitive perspective, the exhibition celebrates the many ways an archive can be assembled. Each time the archive is presented, it is edited and ordered in different configurations, focusing on a different narrative each time.
A soundtrack for the exhibition includes cosmic disco music from the archives of Soviet state record label Melodiya. Compiled for the launch of the exhibition Soviet Space Archive: Configuration II (on display at Calvert 22 Gallery between 10 October — 31 October 2015)

Elements of the archive have been exhibited previously in Interkosmos, Liquid Courage Gallery, Nassau, Bahamas.

Contributors: McCartney, Ella (Curator of an exhibition) and McCartney, Rory (Curator of an exhibition)
Official URL: http://calvert22.org/soviet-space-archive-configur...
Additional Information:

On 12 April 1961, Yuri Gagarin was the first human to travel into space. The details of his landing were debated for over a decade after the event. There were different accounts and perspectives about what happened, some believing that the cosmonaut used a parachute to land back on earth rather than landing in the Vostok 1 spacecraft*. The majority of images in Soviet Space Archive: Configuration II once belonged to Ivan Grigoryevich Borisenko, one of the few individuals who witnessed Gagarin’s landing on the Vostok 1 mission.

The exhibition features both public and private photographic documentation. Valentina Tereshkova was the first woman in space; her image is seen on banners and posters held up by crowd members celebrating in the streets of Moscow during the Vostok 6 mission in 1963. Tereshkova is also shown in training before this space mission; prior to her flight into space, her identity was a closely guarded secret**.

Instead of presenting one definitive perspective, the exhibition celebrates the many ways an archive can be assembled. Each time the archive is presented, it is edited and ordered in different configurations, focusing on a different narrative each time. Elements of the archive have been exhibited previously in Interkosmos, Liquid Courage Gallery, Nassau, Bahamas.

Keywords: Yuri Gagarin, Valentina Tereshkova, archive, soviet, photography
Departments, Centres and Research Units: Art
Date range: 10 – 31 October 2015
Related URL: https://www.calvertjournal.com/articles/show/4788/the-mixtape-24-soviet-space-disco
Event Location: Calvert 22 Foundation, London, United Kingdom
Item ID: 21631
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2017 09:50
Last Modified: 02 Oct 2017 09:50

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/21631

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