“Effective democratisation can always be measured by this essential criterion: the participation in and the access to the archive, its constitution and its interpretation”

Jacques Derrida

Archivo de Creadores de Madrid offers physical and online documentation on 150 young artists or collectives of 17 different nationalities with links to the city of Madrid. Its aim is to inform specialists and the general public both in Spain and abroad about the work of Madrid’s artists.

The archive began its activity in 2009 and currently has material from visual and plastic artists born from 1970 onward. They were all selected by curators of renown and prestige, such as David Armengol, David Barro, Cabello/Carceller, Horacio Fernández, Javier Hontoria, Iván López Munuera, Manuela Moscoso, Tania Pardo and Virginia Torrente.

This material is published to promote awareness of these artists’ work among programmers, curators, cultural managers, critics, journalists, other artists and the general public. A basic tool for supporting artistic creation, it was launched by Madrid City Hall’s Department of the Arts through its Matadero Madrid programme.

To make the most of what it has to offer, the Archivo de Creadores has a mobile version, Archimobile, which travels to other places with links to contemporary art in Spain and abroad to promote these artists and increase accessibility to them.

Like Jacques Derrida in his text Mal d’archive, the Archivo de Creadores de Madrid is not only a series of “register entries”, but also a series of events that give it life and break the dichotomy between what is “archivable” and who does the “archiving”. As such, the purpose of this archive is more about preparing for the future than recording the past.

Thus, the archive is designed to serve as a living being, a catalyst for information, activities, experiences and other actions that could take form around the concept of the archive and its contents.