For Marcelo Brodsky (b. 1954, Argentina), archival photographs serve as canvases for his colourful illustrations and handwritten notations. With these interventions, Brodsky reactivates the source imagery and sheds new light on historical documents. Social and political histories are the subject of these palimpsests, as Brodsky fuses his roles as an artist and activist in much of his artwork. Affected by the traumas of Argentina’s military dictatorship, the artist’s earlier work documents a collective memory of the period through the use of photographs from family collections. In his more recent projects, Brodsky has engaged with public archives. 1968, The Fire of Ideas used photographs from the period for a comprehensive exploration of the activism and protests which occurred worldwide. Continuing this theme, Brodsky’s latest series, PROVO Seeds of New Ideas, uses photographs from Amsterdam’s city archives depicting the Provo movement.