sol archer


Bunho Harvest 2021

Harvesting rushes with weaving master Manuel Ferreira, and Iany Galo and Lucrezia Papillo of Macheia 

Code of Conduct workshop

On June 26 2021 I led a workshop with the Praksis Oslo Teen Advisory Board PTAB in Collaboration with Ina Hagen, to codify their responsibilities and relationships, and develop a Code of Conduct and a Living Glossary to define their working space. It will be live on the PTAB website after a period of review.

chamada aberta!

Textos Sobre KPOP, Fandom, Comunidade, e Cultura!

publication project


I am delighted that the Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie will support the commissioning of new texts and the production of a publication with amateur KPOP dance groups in Brasil and Production Studio Sao Paolo

Who Makes The City

Launching soon: series of video and in person conversations about urbanism with web magazine format


Sol Archer (1983) is a Netherlands based artist working through collaboration with professional and non-professional groups, considering the encounter as a space of production. Frequently employing video as an apparatus for producing a doubling of experience; productive of ‘works’ through collective act, and through movement towards the work, productive of new collectivities and ways of being together.

This extends into a pedagogical practice on structures and systematising group environments focussed on self reflexive film-making practices and the legacy of collaborative film practice in relation to ethnofiction.  

Sol has exhibited widely, including in the Sydney Biennial, Sydney, AU; Rozenstraat, Amsterdam, Golden Thread, Belfast, Northern Ireland, NL; Le Crac19, Montbeliard, FR; Index Foundation, Stockholm, SE; TULCA, Galway, IR; Le Lieu Unique, Nantes, FR; MuKHA, Antwerp, BE; and more.

Residency programs Sol has participated in include the Jan van Eyck Academy, Maastricht, NL; Capacete, Rio de Janeiro, BR; IASPIS, Stockholm, SE; Vicinities, Belfast, UK; PHLOX, Huns, NL; AIR Anterp, BE; Het Wilde Weten, Rotterdam, NL; and Digital Art Studios, Belfast, UK


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“The cultural common, Hardt and Negri write, “is dynamic, involving both the product of labor and the means of future production. This common is not only the earth we share but also the languages we create, the social practices we establish, the modes of sociality that define our relationships, and so forth.” It is built up over time and, in principle, open to all. In this way it is possible even to view “the metropolis as a factory for the production of the common.”

David Harvey  (2012)

Click here for the dedicated not only the earth we share website made in collaboration with nongraphic studio

“not only the earth we share” is a film and exhibition work produced over multiple years of collaboration with overlapping communities of Sailortown, Belfast, Northern Ireland and commissioned by  Household CIC


Sailortown was a working class neighbourhood housing 5-10,000 families, which was demolished in the 1960s to construct an as-yet unfinished motorway interchange. Since then it has stood as an iconic keystone in the identity construction of the city, and is the axis around which cultural identity of former residents and their families revolves. Since 2008 a small social housing block nestled between parking lots, motorways, and the docks, has re-experienced the 1960s exclusion from city planning, and development as a wing of colonial occupation is experienced afresh in ongoing encounters with the same unfinished road development being expanded, property speculation enveloping them, and lack of basic infrastructure keeping them isolated from the city. 


The film is a construction of the acts of producing community, and the function of play as mediating identity, trauma, and the production of cultural commons in opposition to the extractive process of development and enclosure. It follows overlapping but discontinuous communities of place over a number of years through their modes of self-representation, elective and cultural activity, and the various rhythms of imagining their place in a neighbourhood of memory, play, and imagination. 


‘Not only the earth we share’ was made through a multi-year collaboration with the elderly scattered, and young resident communities of Sailortown and platforms their production of cultural commons and continuing existence as a community of resistance. Through film workshops with children, docker poetry, song, prayer as protest, and the structuring of time through ritual, procession, and elective activities it is an elevation of the cultural commons as an urban quality both under continual threat from, and in continual opposition to, the imperial project of property development. 

Collaborative stagings of the past, present, and future conditions of life in a neighbourhood are poetically and messily plotted out, and the continuation of life in the cracks of the city through conscious platforming of culture as resistance exists as an interplay, deconstructing the edifice of ethnofiction and weaving between the colonial impact of development, and the resistant qualities of voice and imagination.


This project was made possible thanks to the belief and support of the Mondriaan Fonds, CBK Rotterdam, NI Screen, and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.




Alessia Cargnelli
Alissa Kleist
Bernadette Baker
Billy Chambers
Billy Johnson
Billy McIllroy
Breifne Lomac Gillhooly
Brian Quinn
Cecilia Heron
Charlene Fryers
David Browne Murray
Geordie O’Hara
Gerard Kelly
Gerard Rosato
Hugh Mckeown
Jacco Prantl
James Surginor
Jane Butler
Jane Morrow
Jim McDyer
John ‘Giovanni’ Marsella
John Campbell
John Gray
Jonathan HS Ross
Kathlene McMahon
Liam McCormick
Malachai O’Hara
Marie O’Hara
Marion Steele
Mary Hillis
Mary Lyttle
Michael Macbroom
Michael McKnight
Michelle Young
Niall Carson
Oskar Aitken
Paddy Benson
Pam Cullinan
Paul Rosato
Phil Hession
Robert Martin Gillespie
Robin Price
Rosemary McDyer
Ruaidhri Lennon
Sighle Breathnach Cashell
Sinead Breathnach Cashell
Stephen Lawson
Sue O’Hara
Terry Mckeown
Terry-Bo McManus
Thomas Wells


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