Vancouver Independent
Archives Week


| ongoing | Green Papaya Art Projects Archive on Asia Art Archive

Green Papaya Art Projects has been added to Asia Art Archive!

"The Green Papaya Art Projects Archive contains substantial material on the contemporary art ecology in Metro Manila, as well as collaborations with artists, researchers, and curators in Southeast Asia and around the world. Founded by Norberto Roldan (a.k.a., Peewee) and Donna Miranda in 2000, Green Papaya Art Projects was part of a wave of artist initiatives that had started throughout Asia from the mid-1980s onwards as alternatives to institutions and commercial galleries. In an environment that sees collectives and non-profits close down every two years or so, Green Papaya Art Projects has continually transformed and become the longest active, artist-run organization in Manila."

Browse Green Papaya's records here:

| ongoing | Arab Image Archive

"The Arab Image Foundation is an independent association forging new pathways for photography and image practices. Uniquely positioned at the intersection of artistic creation, research, and archiving, we explore, question and confront the complex social and political realities of our times."

Visit the Arab Image Foundation website

| 2011-present | Planting Rice

Planting Rice "[Generates] an archive of republished critical, historical and exhibition texts by artists and writers in and about contemporary art in the Philippine Diaspora and Southeast Asia."
Visit Planting Rice here:

| ongoing | AIDS Activist History Project

AIDS activists changed the world. They organized, strategized, and put their bodies on the line.

As a part of the AAHP, we have been learning about AIDS activists’ work in the Canadian context. We are interviewing social movement organizers who were active in the 1980s and 1990s in Halifax/Nova Scotia, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver. We have also gathered ephemera from archives and from AIDS activists across Canada. So far, we have conducted over 60 interviews and recovered over 600 pieces of ephemera, which are (or will be!) available for display in our collection.

Now, we invite you to discover more about the history of AIDS activism. We invite you to to read the interview transcripts, watch the videos, and check out our (ever-growing collection) of ephemera.

For more information visit the AIDS Activist History Project website

| 11.10.2020 | Radical Archive: Preserving Protest Ephemera

Free Online Event hosted by the Getty Research Institute
More information here:
The conversation will be recorded and available the GRI's YouTube channel.

In the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests, this conversation explores how community-generated, spontaneously made posters and ephemera—not meant to exist beyond the few hours or days of a protest—become part of an institutionalized archive. Conservators and curators highlight the historical, sociological, and cultural value of these materials, providing a behind-the-scenes look at conservation practices while discussing the significance of these items in times of social upheaval.
This conversation is a starting point for future discussions about the importance of documenting the "long year 2020," a year that seemed to defy the standard calendar due to the momentous circumstances defining it.

  • Shannon A. Brogdon-Grantham is the photograph and paper conservator for the Smithsonian’s Museum Conservation Institute.
  • Carol A. Wells is founder and creative director of the Center for the Study of Political Graphics.
  • Tyree Boyd-Pates is the associate curator of Western history at the Autry Museum of the American West.
  • This program is organized and moderated by Rachel Rivenc, head of conservation at Getty Research Institute, and is presented in association with Getty's Radical Archive series.

| 03.11.2020 | Heart of the City Festival: 10 My Art is Activism, Part II with Sid Chow Tan

On Tuesday November 3, 3pm, Recollective 2018 participant and avid documentarian and organizer Sid Chow Tan shares a selection of video works from his personal archive. "Sid’s choices of videos will highlight Asian Canadian social movements and direct action in Chinatown and in particular redress for the Chinese head tax."

Sid's talk, "My Art is Activism," can be found here:

This event is a part of the 17th Annual Heart of the City Festival. Full schedule available here.

| 07.10.2020 | Publishing the Present: An Archive of Mutual Care and Action

Publishing the Present: An Archive of Mutual Care and Action
August - October 2020

Produced as part of Wendy’s Subway’s online residency at READ Books and the Libby Leshgold Gallery at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Publishing the Present: An Archive of Mutual Care and Action is an ongoing archival project beginning in 2020 that collects independent publications that respond to this contemporary moment of international urgency. The archive gathers these publications as an incomplete document of the present, that attests to ongoing histories of struggle for justice, and the current international crisis which informs our collective imagination of radically better futures. Read more about the project here and check out their great website!

| 02.06.2020 | The Blackivists’ Five Tips for Organizers, Protestors, and Anyone Documenting Movements

In light of the rise of Black Lives Matter movement and protests, The Blackivists' share some tips for archival activism and protest documentation in a new article titled "The Blackivists’ Five Tips for Organizers, Protestors, and Anyone Documenting Movements"

The Blackivists self-identify as "a collective of trained Black archivists who prioritize Black cultural heritage preservation and memory work." Check out the great work they're doing here:

| 11.03.2020 | Every Queer Thing: Launch and Exhibit by Sophie Roberge

VIVO Media Arts Centre

Every Queer Thing: A Subject Guide to Archival Materials on Queer Identity and Experience launches March 11th at every-queer-thing. This searchable online research tool will direct you to 954 publications/articles, 236 videos and 5 Special Collections at the Crista Dahl Media Library and Archive to assist you in your quest for queer content.

Join us for a social evening celebrating its launch with Archivist Sophie Roberge. We'll be screening a selection queer video and presenting rare materials from the archive.

More information here!

| 06.03.2020 | Book launch and symposium: Beginning with the Seventies at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery

Exciting launch and symposium coming up by our friends at the Belkin out at UBC!

Friday, March 6, 2020
Musqueam Cultural Centre, 4000 Musqueam Avenue, Vancouver

5pm: Musqueam welcome
Introductory remarks: Shelly Rosenblum
Opening presentation: "Scholarship as Ancestral Practice," Sarah Hunt
6pm: Community feast

Saturday, March 7, 2020
Leon and Thea Koerner University Centre, 6331 Crescent Road, UBC

1pm: "Beginning with the Seventies: Art, Archives and Activism," Lorna Brown
2pm: "Anarchival Encounters: Colonial / Canonical Ruptures," Thea Quiray Tagle, Kate Hennessy and Denise Ryner with Cait McKinney as moderator
4pm: "Activist Archives: Art and Feminism," Lisa Darms, Jaqueline Mabey and Allyson Mitchell with Erin Silver as moderator
5:30pm: Dinner
7pm: "A Reading and Conversation," Lisa Robertson and Yaniya Lee
8pm: Closing reception

More info here:

| 13.09.2019 | Indigitization

Indigitization is a B.C. based collaborative initiative between Indigenous communities and organizations, the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, the Museum of Anthropology, Northern BC Archives (UNBC), and UBC's School for Library, Archival and Information Studies, to facilitate capacity building in Indigenous information management. This project is committed to clarifying processes and identifying issues in the conservation, digitization, and management of Indigenous community knowledge. It does so by providing information resources through the Indigitization toolkit and by enabling community-led audio cassette digitization projects through grant funding and training. Indigitization seeks to grow and work with a network of practitioners to develop effective practices for the management of digital heritage that support the goals of individual communities.

For more information, visit their website

| 13.09.2019 | Women and West Coast Labour at VIVO Media Arts Centre

Newly launched by VIVO Media Arts Centre | Women & West Coast Labour: Eighty years of action for equity in domestic and workplace labour by women in British Columbia

Drawing on newly digitized materials from the Sara Diamond and Women In Focus fonds, Women & West Coast Labour highlights women’s struggles to transform the working realities for British Columbia women from suffrage through the 1970’s through oral histories, documentaries, interviews, media, documents, photographs and other ephemera.

For more information visit VIVO's Archives

| 16.07.2019 | Archive/CounterArchive

Archive/Counter-Archive (A/CA): Activating Canada's Moving Image Heritage is a six-year research-creation project focusing on works by women, Indigenous Peoples, the LGBT2Q+ community, and immigrant communities.

Led by Janine Marchessault and funded by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Partnership Grant, the partnership is composed of four universities (York, Ryerson, Queen's, and Concordia), numerous communities, memory institutions, and policy advocates.

Our research is committed to finding solutions for safekeeping Canada's audiovisual heritage. We seek to research and remediate audiovisual heritage that is most vulnerable to disappearance and inaccessibility, fostering a community and network dedicated to creating best practices and cultural policies.

The A/CA community includes over 60 participants, each with significantly diverse collections, access to technical resources, and expert archival knowledge.

For more information about Archive/CounterArchive and their projects visit their website

| 12.07.2019 | Archiving for the Performing Arts: Presented by Karen Jamieson Dance Company

Does your performing arts organization have archival records? Do you wonder what you to do with digital materials? Do you want to use these records to tell your organization's story? We can help!

As part of our 35th Anniversary, Karen Jamieson Dance along with The Dance Centre are excited to partner with Simon Fraser University's Special Collections and Rare Books in inviting you to participate in a free roundtable discussion that will focus on records management and archival practices for performing arts organizations in Vancouver.

Supported in part by SFU's Community Engagement Initiative, we look forward to sharing best practices, answering your questions, hearing your stories and continuing the conversation in supporting this important work.

More info here:

| 29.06.2019-31.08.2019 | Cindy Mochizuki: Autumn Strawberry @ Surrey Art Gallery

Cindy Mochizuki: Autumn Strawberry
Artist-in-residence, Mochizuki will gather local berry farming stories from Japanese Canadians.

Surrey Art Gallery - 13750 88 Ave
Jun 29, 2019 - Aug 31, 2019

Autumn Strawberry is the name of a strawberry crop that could fruit in cold winters. It was bred by Bunjiro Sakon, an Issei pioneer (a Japanese immigrant to Canada) who ran a farm in Mission, BC.

For this TechLab residency, Cindy Mochizuki will collect berry farming-related agricultural histories and stories from Japanese Canadians in the Fraser Valley area. She will also create drawings, scripts, and storyboards for her two-channel animated film that will be part of a multimedia installation in 2021. As she often does with her art, Mochizuki will blend her own family history into the narrative, as her paternal grandparents were berry farmers in Langley before World War II. When war broke out, the Canadian government sold their farm and sent them, along with other Japanese residents, to harsh labour camps in the BC interior.

More info here:

| 07.05.2019-28.05.2019 | Home Made Visible Vancouver Tour: Exhibition, Screening & Talkback, and Workshop

Full Tour Dates & Locations

Screening + Talkback - Wednesday, May 7, 2019 7-8:30pm
Location: Montalbano Family Theatre, Level 8. Please register in advance
A theatrical screening of all six short commissioned films with a discussion following the program with Project organizers Ananya Ohri and Elizabeth Mudenyo, and filmmakers Aeyliya Husain and Maya Bastian.

Workshop - Home Made Visible: Storytelling, Relationships, and Archives - Thursday, May 9, 2019 6-8:30pm
Location: Montalbano Family Theatre, Level 8. Facilitators: Derek Kwan and Joella Cabalu Please register in advance
Local documentary filmmakers, Derek Kwan and Joella Cabalu, present a hands-on workshop on the foundations of storytelling and relationship-building skills needed to tell and create personal stories through the documentary format. Kwan and Cabalu will present their own work which touches on family histories, culture, and immigration, as well as share their experiences in developing stories, incorporating archival videos and photographs, and building trust within different communities.

Exhibition - May 8–26, 2019
Visit the Home Made Visible exhibition at the Vancouver Central Library during operating hours to view the collection of short films on designated computers.

All films have english captions. ASL-English is available for both events but must be requested by EOD Friday, May 3rd. The library locations are wheelchair accessible. If you have any accessibility concerns, please contact us at, or 416.599.7733, for further information about support.

| 05.04.2019-16.06.2019 | Deanna Bowen | A Harlem Nocturne @ the CAG

Deanna Bowen is a Toronto-based interdisciplinary artist whose practice examines race, migration, historical writing and authorship. Bowen makes use of a repertoire of artistic gestures in order to define the Black body and trace its presence and movement in place and time. In recent years, Bowen’s work has involved rigorous examination of her family lineage and their connections to the Black Prairie pioneers of Alberta and Saskatchewan, the Creek Negroes and All-Black towns of Oklahoma, the extended Kentucky/Kansas Exoduster migrations and the Ku Klux Klan.

Mining overlooked archives and forgotten documents, Bowen makes use of a repertoire of artistic gestures to bring traces of a complex, deeply personal and often violent past into public visibility in her exhibition A Harlem Nocturne at the Contemporary Art Gallery in Vancouver. Across the hall in CAG’s larger gallery, a second major suite of works presents a terrain of research that Bowen undertook in Vancouver in 2017–18, recovered from civic documents, newspaper clippings and numerous personal and organizational archives. This material traces a series of interconnected figures who formed an integral part of Vancouver’s Black entertainment community from the 1940s through the end of the 1970s.

Archives enthusiasts, get down there!

More information about the exhibition here

| 05.03.2019 | Rebecca Belmore "Wordless" Book Launch

grunt gallery re-launched, a website documenting Rebecca Belmore’s career over the past 32 years. The new site features content that spans Belmore’s career in all media, taking the user deep into the heart of her practice.

The launch was accompanied by a screening of Belmore's work March 5, 1819 (2008), which recreates the abduction of the Beothuk woman Demasaduit and the murder of her husband Nonosabasut by colonialist settlers in Newfoundland.

Link here for more info about the event.

| 00.03.2019 | Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon Events in Vancouver

Art+Feminism is a campaign improving coverage of cis and transgender women, non-binary folks, feminism and the arts on Wikipedia. From coffee shops and community centers to the largest museums and universities in the world, Art+Feminism is a do-it-yourself and do-it-with-others campaign teaching people of all gender identities and expressions to edit Wikipedia.

Many of our Recollective partners will be hosting Wikipedia Edit-a-thon events this year. Click on their events below for more details:

Fri. March 8, 12-4pm - Emily Carr University Library

Sat. March 9, 12-5pm - Morris & Helen Belkin Art Gallery Library

Sat. March 9, 12-5pm Western Front

Sat. March 16, 12-4pm - Rungh at Surrey Art Gallery

| 17.11.2018 | Hazel Meyer & Cait McKinney Performing Tape Condition: degraded

Western Front, 303 East 8th Ave

Meyer and McKinney’s lecture performance Tape Condition: degraded investigates the community-based work of collecting, preserving, and providing ethical forms of digital access to archives of queer porn. Their presentation revolves around Slumberparty (1984), a DIY 8mm porn made by a group of Toronto-based lesbians in response to censorship, which was screened publicly only twice and then lost until 2016. The pair discuss the practical and ethical labour behind figuring out how to archive and screen this forgotten reel.

More information here

| 29.11.2018 | The future is trans: As Transgender Awareness Month comes to an end, what are our next steps?

For Transgender Awareness Month, artist and activist Syrus Marcus Ware from grunt gallery's Recollective 2018 speaks with trans and gender non-conforming artists about their experiences and thoughts around educating and advocating for trans people.

Read here!

| 14.11.2018 | The Sculpture Fund: Presentation and Reception

Pollyanna 圖書館 Library, 221 E Georgia St

Join 221A for a presentation and reception for Fellow Amy Nugent’s project, The Sculpture Fund. The evening will unfurl a narrative account of Nugent’s extensive inquiry into the estate of sculptors Frances Loring (1887–1968) and Florence Wyle (1881–1968) whose last will and testament called for the creation of The Sculpture Fund: an art acquisition fund for galleries and museums.

The Sculpture Fund is a research collection created by 221A Research Fellow Amy Nugent. Over the past five years, Amy’s research has focused on the history and restitution of sculptors Frances Loring (1887-1968) and Florence Wyle (1881-1968), the current state of Canadian art collections, and the limited acquisition funds to support them. The Sculpture Fund collection at Pollyanna 圖書館 Library activates Frances and Florence memoirs and archives as well as houses books on the history of sculpture and societies in Canada, catalogs on women and non-binary sculptors, acquisitions, art market and art funding.

More information here

| 13.11.2018 | Jaqueline Hoàng Nguyễn: The Making of an Archive Exhibition and Seminar in Sweden

Södertälje Science Park, Kvarnbergagatan 12
November 13 - December 10, 2018
produced by Grafikens Hus with support from Södertälje Municipality and the Swedish Arts Grants Committee

Friend of Recollective Jacquline Hoàng Nguyễn opens her exhibition The Making of an Archive in Sweden!

It’s time to summarize the first Swedish chapter. Local images have been scanned and stories have been collected that represent everyday life and, not least, the social commitment of people living in Södertälje with migration background. The artist Jacqueline Hoàng Nguyễn has done an artistic processing of the collected photo archive. She also exhibits a new work where pictures from her own family album are printed with colored sand.

The Making of an Archive is an initiative by artist Jacqueline Hoáng Nguyễn that, by raising marginalized voices and stories, examines the frameworks for how society writes, archives and recalls our shared history. What do we choose to archive, and thus goes on to become history? Making an Archive seeks to collect documentation of the daily lives of Swedish immigrants in order to investigate official and unofficial records and representations of multiculturalism in Sweden.

More information about the exhibition

and the corresponding seminar

and young activism

| 12.11.2018 | Everyday Documentation of Arts and Humanities Collections

University of Saskatchewan Librarian and dear friend of Archives Week Shannon Lucky will be presenting on a panel at the ASIS&T (Association for Information Science & Technology) 2018 Conference on Monday November 12th from 8:30 - 10am. Shannon's research on artist-run centre archives and work with PAVED Arts have informed and enriched our past programming and we are excited for her timely return to Vancouver.

More information here

| 02.11.2018 | Fugitives in the Archive

Royal BC Museum Pocket Gallery
675 Belleville St, Victoria

Dr. Kate Hennessy (SFU SIAT) and Dr. Trudi Lynn Smith (UVic School of Environmental Studies) open their exhibition Fugitives in the Archive at the Royal BC Museum on Friday November 2, running through January 2019.

An extension of a the project that Hennessy and and Smith presented on for Vancouver Independent Archives 2017, Fugitives in the Archive explores the idiosyncratic presence and behaviour of objects encountered by the two artist-anthropologists while conducting research at the BC Archives.

More information here

| 12.10.2018 | Renacting Histories - Docufiction and the Work of Sara Diamond and the Women's Labour History Project

VIVO Media Arts Centre, 2625 Kaslo St

This event is a fundraiser in support of the Sara Diamond Archive at VIVO's Crista Dahl Media Library & Archive.

In the 1980s and 1990s performance, re-enactment, the melange of fiction and documentary, and "bad acting" were tactics used by video artists to unsettle notions of documentary realism, provide alternate readings of histories, elicit or manifest subjective interpretations of events, or provide a feminist sense of time.

The work of Sara Diamond and the early work of the Women's Labour History Project used these tactics, which were drawn from film theory, feminist criticism and documentary practice. Sara Diamond will discuss these roots and draw from her works of personal documentary/autobiographical narratives and early docu-fiction.

More information here

| 05.10.2018 | Recollective in Discorder Magazine

Recollective organizers Emma Metcalfe Hurst and Dan Pon sat down with Jamie Loh of CiTR 101.9 FM's Discorder Magazine to talk archives, activation, and the power of speculative future pasts for a feature in their November issue.

Check it out here (p.8)

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