Video Walkthrough: Scryer in the Archive

15 October 2022 12am

Aimée Zito Lema gives a virtual tour of her solo exhibition, Scryer in the Archive. Taking as a starting point her family’s experience of living in Argentina during the political turmoil of the 70s, the artist shares her process of working with the material memory of paper, and reflects on how the photographic image traces personal and collective histories across generations.



Cinematography, Editing & Production by Vuk Dragojevic.

Aimée Zito Lema is a Dutch-Argentinean visual artist who engages with social memory, using archives as a main source of inspiration and material. She studied at the National University of Arts in Buenos Aires, and graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. She holds a master’s degree in Artistic Research from the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague, and was a resident at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam (2015–16). Her work has been exhibited at Oude Kerk, Amsterdam (2021); Grazer Kunstverein (2021); Eye Filmmuseum, Amsterdam (2019); Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon (2018); MACBA, Barcelona (2017); the 11th Gwangju Biennial (2016); and Centre Pompidou, Paris (2016).



Aimée Zito Lema’s commission was initially developed in collaboration with Grazer Kunstverein and If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution, Amsterdam.

Scryer in the Archive is made possible with Leading Support from Nuyten Dime Foundation, Mondriaan Fund, and Support from the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Toronto.


Scryer in the Archive is presented as part of Artist First, a Mercer Union commissioning platform. Artist First Commissions are made possible with the generous support of Kaye & Paul Beeston, Rebecca Carbin, Jane Corkin, Popsy & Bob Johnstone, David & Erica Neligan, Nuyten Dime Foundation, Jeanne Parkin & Jennifer Parkin, and Morden Yolles. To learn more about Artist First click the link here.


The artist would like to thank Paul Gangloff for graphic design support; Luuk Wezenberg for spatial design; and Roy Taylor (Taylor Made) as well as Jonathan Groeneweg of Smokestack Studio for printing.


Still from the video walkthrough of Aimée Zito Lema: Scryer in the Archive. Commissioned by Mercer Union, 2022. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Vuk Dragojevic.