girl before a mirror
Risa S. Horowitz 
It is to burn with passion. It is never to rest, interminably, from searching for the archive right where it slips away. It is to run after the archive, even if there's too much of it, right where something in it anarchives itself. It is to have a compulsive, repetitive, and nostalgic desire for the archive, an irrepressible desire to return to the most archaic place of absolute commencement. No desire, no passion, no drive, no compulsion, indeed no repetition compulsion, no 'mal-de' can arise for a person who is not already, in one way or another, en mal d'archive.  
Jacques Derrida, Archive Fever
Two reading options:
artist statement
Thesis: girl before a mirror, summer 2000 

Chapter One: 
Surveillance and Self-Agency
1.1 Girl Before a Mirror I
1.2 The Watchful Eye
1.3 Self-Monitoring
1.4 Self-Agency Through Self-Portraiture
Chapter Two 
Self-Reflexivity, Understanding...
2.1...and Photography
2.2...and Narcissism
2.3...and Breakthrough
2.4...and Girl Before a Mirror II
Chapter Three 
The Archive
3.1 The Vast Photographic Archive
3.2 The Vast Substitution Set
3.3 The Gallery
3.4 Girl Before a Mirror III - Conclusion


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