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David Horvitz - Nostalgia (2022)

David Horvitz - Nostalgia (2022)

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Nostalgia is an ongoing artwork started in 2019 that takes the form of deleting digital photographs from my personal archive. These photographs have been made on various digital cameras since the early 2000’s and stored on computers, hard drives and memory cards. Their subjects are diverse: ranging from personal moments, to visual note- taking as a mnemonic device, to photos used in artworks. (And some I just don’t remember or know why I made them, maybe from a drunken blur.)

When exhibited the artwork is presented as a digital projection. The photographs are exhibited once for one minute and then deleted. The number of projected (and deleted) images equal the number in minutes an exhibition is open. For example, in 2019 at La Criée centre d’art contemporain in Rennes, France, Nostalgia consisted of 19,080 digital photographs projected for a total duration of 19,080 minutes. If no one is in the exhibition at the moment a photograph is projected, no one sees it.

(The photographs become ephemeral like the moments they originally capture.)

— David Horvitz

This project is about erasure. Memory. Forgetting. Data. Archives. Etcetera.

The passages in this book are descriptions of digital photographs that have been deleted. In a culture over-inundated and amassed with digital images and eroded attention spans, David Horvitz decided to start erasing his photo archive. This erasure became an artwork.

“Nostalgia” is the third edition of the Nostalgia Series. It presents 300 recently deleted private digital photographs of the artist, in the form of an image description, the original time of creation and its filename.

Edition of 1000
304 pages
17 × 23 cm
ISBN 978-3-945900-09-3
Co-published with Gato Negro
Editor: Ed Steck, León Muñoz Santini, Jan Steinbach

© Edition Taube
© Gato Negro

Art •  David horvitz •  Photography

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