The Conti Archives
© Agathe Simon
The installation The Conti Archives is one of the works of the Antarctica exhibition. It pays tribute to Gabriela Conti (1974-2010), the famous French-Argentine writer – who never existed. It looks like a Curiosity Cabinet. It features four videos, two sound installations and 120 objects and documents from the late nineteenth century to today.
Photographs, letters and telegrams from the 1930s, Argentinian identity documents, a polar suit, manuscripts, books and notebooks, records, archive film: the installation displays chronologically authentic documents of great aesthetic significance, with labels that specify their inclusion in the imaginary (and very documented) biography of Gabriela Conti.
Each object of the collection has been carefully chosen by Agathe Simon thanks to specialists’ expertise (antique dealers, historians, writers, French and Argentine journalists, scientists, Antarctic winterovers, etc.), in order to be historically and socially coherent with the life of this imaginary woman.
Excerpt of the documentary Antarctica, Looking for Gabriela
Directed by Cecilia Conti, the sister of Gabriela Conti,
it includes archives of the Conti family.