Veli Granö, Cosmologies tangibles – Veli Granö, Le collectionneur de collectionneurs « Des vies transformées en collection de photos »

[Winter 2001-2002]

This article was originally published only in French. You can read it by switching over to the French version of this page.

Today’s collector is of a new kind: a historian, a restorer of meaning. This figure, the expert collector, shows us where our past is hidden and how we can rediscover it. Such collectors give meaning and historical perspective to everyday objects and convey this meaning to the millions of consumers who use the same objects. They are able to give a new value and content to objects that have been pronounced vain and condemned to destruction. They are champions of microhistory, history that is the size of the human experience of the everyday.