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Office of the City Auditor

phone: 503-865-4100


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Annexation & Assimilation: Exploring the Archives East of 82nd Avenue

From farm culture to car culture, from ethnically homogenous to diverse, from English to Hmong, Vietnamese, Spanish, Mandarin, Somali, “Annexation & Assimilation along 82nd Ave.” explores the changing cultural and physical landscape and shifting demographics over the last 100 years. The result is an accelerating and visceral mash-up of Portland’s past and present along this boundary, which is at once real and imagined.A series of maps of Portland city limits over time

Sabina Haque, artist-in-residence with the Portland Archives & Records Center, has created a multi-media art exhibit exploring the tumultuous process of annexation and growth as experienced by communities along and east of 82nd Ave.  Archival documents, video animation, and oral histories combine to tell a story not known to many present-day Portland residents, but which affects us all and seeks to inspire creative civic involvement as the community imagines its future identity.

Unlike public history projects, the artist-in-residence program encourages artists to engage and interact with archival materials differently than historians or scholars. Because of their unique perspectives and approaches to the materials artists have the ability to look at the historical record and tell a piece of the story in an innovative and thought-provoking manner. The work produced by the artist-in-residence program is an expression of the artist’s insights and vision and does not represent the City.

Artist rendering of 1934 82nd Ave photo & current signageOn October 21, a one-day exhibition event will include large-scale video projections over 20ft long, poster installations, oral histories and a theater performance* in an 8000 square feet community space at the Jade/APANO Multicultural Space -JAMS (RSVP here)

8114 SE Division St, Portland, Oregon 97206

The event is free and open to the public from 6-9 p.m.
Theater performance: 7pm sharp.

*The live theater performance is collaboration with Tamara Lynn (living Stages) and Harrison Park School on 82 Ave


There will also be an Artist Talk on November 17th, 2016 at 7pm to close the exhibit. More details to follow.

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