In the autumn of 2018, I worked with the Tate Archive for a period of 3 months. My task was to produce a visual response to the materials found in the museum’s artist archive.
I was immediately intrigued by all the photographs of unidentified and anonymous people – the ‘lost’ people of the archive. These photos exist in the archive only because they have been taken by a famous artist, or because they have famous people in them. These people have no names, no identities, no stories.
The purpose of the project was to humanize these unidentified people by transforming photographs of them into pieces of art – to show that these people matter, too. To give them a voice.
© 2019 Anna Karoliina Partanen