“It is an irrepressible desire to return to the origin, a homesickness, a nostalgia for the return to the most archaic place of absolute commencement.”
– Jacques Derrida
Reenactors precede their performance with archival research – using Civil War ephemera and photography to inform their immersion. Despite the perceived authenticity of archival documentation, such an archive is not free from manipulation. Questioning a singular authenticity that such work claims, this installation reproduces elements of the Civil War archive, featuring materials left behind after reenactments.
Reenactment no longer animates the objects of Manufactured Archive. This reimagined Civil War archive reflects the ways in which histories, like the objects confined to frames, may appear static and yet transform through time.