After being selected for the inaugural City of Portland Archives & Records Center (PARC) Artists-In-Residence program, Kaia Sand and Garrick Imatani have been hard at work: conducting research at the Archives, talking with PARC staff, documenting their findings, and developing a multi-phased project that focuses on the Police Historical Investigative Records.
These files are a series of surveillance documents collected and created by the Police Bureau that document the undercover investigation of many political organizations and some of the individuals who participated during the 1960s, 70s and early 80s. The collection includes background information and histories of these organizations, pamphlets, photographs, information about activities, and some information about activists. The work of the investigators included making connections between organizations and activists.
“We are creating a series of artistic and literary interventions that served as an addendum to those original files, a way to talk back and infuse the official accounts with unrepresented voices. Our project attempts to underline and annotate what is missing within the institutional record.” – Kaia & Garrick
The first of a series of exhibits is on display at the Portland Archives and Records Center at 1800 SW 6th Ave, 5th floor in the Student Academic and Recreation Center on the Portland State University campus. Part of the exhibit is available for viewing just outside the front door entrance. The inside portion of the exhibit is available for viewing during our open research hours (http://www.portlandonline.com/auditor/index.cfm?c=51811&a=297663). Ring the doorbell for admittance.
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To learn more about the Artist in Residence program click here (http://racc.org/public-art/artists-garrick-imatani-and-kaia-sand-selected-inaugural-city-portland-archives-record-ce)