The Rat Archive

The Rat Archive is series of photographs of materials and ephemera that were found in a rat’s nest under the stairs of a 1920’s San Francisco house. The history of the house, cultural changes in America and interior design are charted from the rat’s collection of 30’s starlets to 70’s linoleum. The Rat Archive places the rat in the position of curatorial decision-maker and, as a result, questions who decides what is of historical importance and archival value.

The Rat Archive was made in collaboration with the Design Council Archive, University of Brighton.