Meet Me In The Present: Documents and their Afterlives
- an anthology of essays which examines the power of collective action. Spanning twenty-one acts of resistance — from letters exchanged between black power activists to the ethos of protest being brought into the Victoria and Albert Museum — these essays consider what it means to survive against all odds within a changing society.
In a climate of increasing austerity, where funding for the public good has come under threat by neoliberal governance, reflection on its impact has become crucial. As demonstrated by recent political momentum within the U.K. (giving a voice to ‘the many, not the few’), analysing the history of collective action continues to be a useful political process, providing renewed ways to combat the continued inequalities within our society. These actions have provided, and will continue to provide, pathways towards progress against late capitalism, unjust policies, and the rising forces of nationalism and private interests.
Drawing from the motives and experiences of those who have protected the right to access shared resources, Meet Me in the Present tells the stories of these diverse defenders. The book calls for public spaces, and for ideas to be made public within a time period where ‘the commons’ is increasingly under attack.
It is essential that we explore the diverse ways in which documents are produced by marginalized groups and how the traces of their radical political actions have been collected, preserved and, occasionally, exhibited — this book accomplishes that task. What kind of archival practices maintains and protects the material traces and documents of past events and while allowing for experiences to be as lively and effective today?
174 pp, numerous B+W and colour illustrations
Designed by Tom Finn and Jake Tollady