sum of the parts

March 7, 2018

Throughout the Spring season, 221A hosts sum of the parts, a curatorial research project by Jenn Jackson which brings together a selection of films, performances and installations by artists who activate personal histories which are drawn from familial and public record. Artists, Deanna Bowen, Felix Kalmenson, Divya Mehra, Krista Belle Stewart, and Casey Wei, present compelling excavations of the past, by drawing from familial, historic, and archival sources; visualizing narratives of race and class, and their recognition within official records.

Each film and performance provides a framework for a larger narrative of archival complexities—offering a visual key to examine discourses on the commodification and construction of historic record in relation to the business of archival storage, preservation, and dissemination within the public realm. In mining the potential of the private and public archive, these artists interrogate the visual and material nature of historical reference and activate immaterial records. Research associated with sum of the parts will be form a new collection at Pollyanna 圖書館 Library.

For the first event in the series, join Divya Mehra at Pollyanna 圖書館 Library (221 Georgia St. E.) for her performance DIFFICULT PEOPLE, Saturday, March 24 at 5 pm. Please RSVP. DIFFICULT PEOPLE is co-presented by 221A and Canadian Art.

In this work, Divya Mehra speaks to the challenging, and often isolating experience of growing up in the Canadian Prairies. Over the last two years, Mehra has begun compiling a series of non-linear short stories and poetics that trace these experiences with a specific focus on race, violence, death, and the service industry. This performative lecture borrows from traditions of comedy, the monologue, and the artist talk, coupled with documentation from her social media streams and text messages.

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Jenn Jackson is a curator and writer who lives and works in Vancouver, BC. She previously held positions at the Alberta College of Art and Design; Walter Phillips Gallery, The Banff Centre; Satellite Art Gallery; The Rennie Collection; Presentation House Gallery; the Art Gallery of Alberta and Colour Magazine. Jackson studied Critical and Cultural Practices at Emily Carr University; General Fine Arts at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and is an MA Art History candidate at the University of British Columbia.

sum of the parts is supported by the Killy Foundation and the Audain Endowment research awards through the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory and the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, The University of British Columbia.