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Recap of the Watcher Files Project exhibit and performance on October 27, 2014


Group of people at the Artist in Residence exhibit and performanceIn 2013, Garrick Imatani and Kaia Sand began an artist residency with the City of Portland Archives & Records Center (PARC), a Percent for Art project commissioned by the Regional Arts & Culture Council.  Their collaboration has resulted in The Watcher Files Project, an engagement with surveillance documents collected by the Portland Police Bureau on civic and activist groups in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. 

Working with individuals who, because of their participation in some of the groups surveilled, were present in the files, as well as other artists, Imatani and Sand created artistic and literary interventions that serve as an addendum to the original files.  These interventions serve as a way to annotate some of what is missing within the institutional record, as well as investigate what is there.

While Imatani and Sand have produced a large body of work throughout their residency, and have conducted workshops, presented their work in various venues, and have shown their work across the country, their final exhibit was presented on October 27, 2014 at the North Portland Library.  The evening included several performances by the artists, and some of the people who collaborated with them.  Their work will remain on display at the North Portland Library through December 5, 2014.  After the New Year, their work will relocate to the PSU ASRC lobby.  The ASRC is also the home of the City of Portland Archives & Records Center.

Booklet about the exhibit and performance at the North Portland Library

Photos from the performance and exhibit


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