sum of the parts

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In mining the potential of the private and public archive, these artists interrogate the visual and material nature of historical reference and activate immaterial records.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 form a new collection at Pollyanna 圖書館 Library.

For the second event in the series, join media analyst Svitlana Matviyenko and curator Jenn Jackson at Pollyanna 圖書館 Library for the screening of artist Felix Kalmenson’s films Neither Country, Nor Graveyard (2017) and A House of Skin (2016), Wednesday, May 16 at 7 pm.

Schedule of Events

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Divya Mehra Performance | Pollyanna 圖書館 Library

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Felix Kalmenson Screening | Pollyanna 圖書館 Library  

Sunday, May 27, 2018 

Casey Wei Screening | The Cinematheque

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Deanna Bowen Screening and Artist Talk | Pollyanna 圖書館 Library

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Krista Belle Stewart | Details TBA


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.