Did you miss the art exhibit “Annexation & Assimilation: exploring city archives east of 82 Ave” at APANO last fall? You will have a second chance beginning February 16th to experience the work resulting from artist-in-residence, Sabina Zeba Haque’s, yearlong residency at the Portland Archives and Records Center (PARC).
The work focuses on the tumultuous and fraught process of annexation and growth of East Portland’s incredibly diverse population. Collaborating with neighborhood residents and PARC, Haque examines the history of place as a marker of exclusion and inclusion over the past thirty-five years. She weaves a portrait of inclusive civic identity through hand-drawn animation, video projections, poster installations, and a theater performance. 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 both real and imagined.
Please join us Thursday, February 16th, from 6-8 PM for the opening of the exhibit of video projections, poster installations, oral histories and a recorded theater performance. The event is free and open to the public.
A video preview of the artworks & performance: https://vimeo.com/190343854
Open Signal, a media arts center formally known as Portland Community Media.
2766 N.E. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
Public Viewing Hours:
Feb 16, 2017- April 28, 2017
Tues--Fri, 10am to 10pm
Sat--Sun, 12pm to 8pm
This is the second in a series of public art residencies funded by the City of Portland Percent for Art Program administered by Regional Arts & Culture Council.
Interview on OPB Think out loud with Dave Miller https://soundcloud.com/thinkoutloudopb/history-of-east-portland
ArtsWatch Weekly: Un-dividing the great 82nd Avenue divide http://www.orartswatch.org/artswatch-weekly-82nd-avenue-frontier-goosebumps-bloodyvox-met-opera-futures-black-girls-rhythm-games-israeli-dance/
Asian Reporter article week http://www.asianreporter.com/arts/2016/21-16sabina.htm