The GenderFail Archive Project

invites artists, curators, librarians, activists and other engaged publics to pick through our collection of art books, zines and publications to help decide which works are archived.

 The GenderFail Archive Project invites artists, curators, librarians, activists and other engaged publics to pick a selection of titles from our collection of art books, zines and publications. The GenderFail Archive is only made possible through the contribution of other participants who select the publications. Until these publications are selected by collaborators for the GenderFail Archive Project, they remain in the personal library of GenderFail, which is made up of art books, artist books and zines.
The curatorial process with collaborators allows for outside perspectives on the collection; thus, the collaborative method by which the publications are archived form the main aspect of the project. Pulling in outside participants allows for collaborative decision-making that filters the content through two different perspectives. The collaborators who are invited into the GenderFail Library generally spend anywhere from thirty minutes to an hour and a half with the collection. They most often make selections without any prior knowledge of the collection, thus, curiosity becomes the driving force for the selection process. This process of selection is meant to mirror the experience that people have at art book fairs, artist-run book stores and other places where the dissemination of artist-made publications happens. Publications made by queer, trans, or non-binary artists or authors are a driving force for the library, though content extends past the parameters outlined by the GenderFail mission statement. Many of the selections for the library are made with the audience in mind, and aim to present inquiry into an expanded field of issues in order to reflect an intersectional approach to collecting.