Archive as Cultural Strategy

Carrión founded and collaborated with several artist-run organizations and small presses, the most notable of which was his Amsterdam bookstore and art gallery, Other Books and So. He regarded editorial, curatorial, and archival activities as “cultural strategies” laden with creative possibilities. Carrión stated, “I consider an archive to be a work of art” – thus, his projects questioned and instrumentalized both the ordering logic of the archive and the social structures of information distribution.

Through his prolific and multidisciplinary practice, Carrión assembled a network of collaborators and contributors whose work he helped produce, distribute, and preserve. These activities are embodied in the Other Books and So Archive, the historically-significant collection of artists’ publications that he assembled over the course of his life.