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The Archive of an Unseen

The Archive of an Unseen

Scroll through fragments of the artist’s life story, growing up black, disabled and working class in the 1980s, in this interactive artwork.

Christopher Samuel’s work addresses the imbalance of representation in medical and social archives to build a better understanding of the wider spectrum of the human experience.

Move through a digital archive of Samuel’s childhood from before his diagnosis at age seven, being registered as disabled at age 14, through to leaving high school. Layers of audio, video and photography form what he describes as an “expanded documentary” of his life. These are presented in a custom-built re-creation of a Microform reader – a viewing instrument usually operated by specialists – echoing the medical scrutiny he experienced as a child.  

‘The Archive of an Unseen’ is commissioned and supported by Wellcome Collection and by Unlimited, celebrating the work of disabled artists, with funding from Arts Council England.

In order for the content to load,  please use a Crome browser.

Currently this will only run on PC, Mac, Chromebook or laptop as you need a keyboard to navigate the content. 

If you don't already have Crome browser installed, you can download > HERE

We are working on an iPhone & Android compatible version.

Grab a seat and get comfortable and wait until it loads


Use Keyboard Arrow Keys to Navigate

ESC Key to Exit

Click the Mouse to Restart

B for BSL Videos

T for Text Overlay

Trigger warnings 

There may be language used that may be considered offensive. And themes about domestic violence.

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