victoria duckett:Thank you, Giovanna, for agreeing to talk to me about feminism and the archive. We thought it was important to talk to archivists rather than merely having scholars write about the archives and their changes (or not!) in recent years, and also to ask [archivists] about their relation to feminism. I would like to start by asking you what your role is here at the Nederlands Filmmuseum [EYE Film Institute], what your professional position is.
giovanna fossati:I am currently the chief curator here at EYE. This is since 2009. Before that, I was working at the Nederlands Filmmuseum, which became EYE at the end of 2009. Since 1997, I have worked in several roles. I started as a collections specialist, a junior position working on selecting films from the collection for preservation and restoration. I moved on, becoming the head of the collection department. In 2004, I become a curator. In 2009, I was asked to become the chief curator.
vd:As the head curator here at EYE, what is the kind of role you take on?
gf:I mainly focus on the general long-term lines of the collection policy. Every four years, we write a new policy. It has a lot to do with the subsidy system here in the Netherlands. I focus a lot on writing this policy and supervising how this policy is applied in practice.
vd:What is this policy? [Is it] how you collect or what you collect?
gf:How we collect, select, preserve, restore, and show the collection. Also how we do research on the collection. So it has various aspects. I am happy that for the first time we have translated the collection policy into English, and …