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You’re invited to a talk and performance given by artists Kaia Sand and Garrick Imatani.  Sand and Imatani have been artists in residence at the City of Portland Archives since 2013 and have worked with the City’s police surveillance files as the basis for their poetry and art.   Sand and Imatani will speak about their work and residency on Wednesday, February 25th at the Portland State University Academic and Student Recreation Center building, room 001 starting at 7pm. This is final exhibit of their work created as part of this residency and is currently on display in the lobby and on the 5th floor of the ASRC building.

The artists’ work emerged from two threads of inquiry, “Where is anonymity within a public document?” and “Passing It On.” 

Artist Talk Poster-February 25 at 7PM

Where is anonymity within a public document?

Surveillance creates a bright threat of attention on private lives. But how is this attention blurred? How might someone’s identity masquerade inside these files? Imatani explored the paradox of anonymity within public documents through photography and graphite drawings housed in a sculptural cabinet inscribed with language. Sand’s exploration took the form of poems embroidered into black textile panels. 

Passing it On.

Working with several people who participated in decades of activism and civic engagement, Imatani and Sand considered some of what they continue to pass along—programs created, destruction prevented, enduring concerns, and in particular, books they read. In particular, this exhibit launches an ongoing activist bookshelf project, presenting sculptural bookshelves comprised of book selections by Kent Ford, Lloyd Marbet and Joanne Oleksiak. We borrowed the title from Ford’s description of sharing books: “I kept passing it on, passing it on to all my friends.”





City of Portland Archives Artist in Residence Artist and Poet Talk & Performance

Wednesday, February 25th at 7PM

Academic & Student Recreation Center Building (1800 SW 6th Ave), Room 001

Portland State University campus

Free and open to the public

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Kristin Calhoun

Public Art Manager