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The City of Portland, Oregon

Archives & Records Management

Office of the City Auditor

phone: 503-865-4100


1800 SW 6th Ave, Suite 550, Portland, OR 97201

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“Annexation & Assimilation: Exploring City Archives East of 82nd Ave” For a Second Time

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 16thArtist rendering of 1934 82nd Ave photo & current signage, 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:


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.

Media Coverage:

Interview on OPB Think out loud with Dave Miller

ArtsWatch Weekly: Un-dividing the great 82nd Avenue divide

Asian Reporter article week

Willamette Weekly