Recollective: Vancouver Independent Archives Week 2018/2019

Rungh is a member of Recollective a joint initiative of artist run centres in Vancouver including 221A, Artspeak, grunt gallery, The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vivo Media Arts Centre, and Western Front. Recollective: Vancouver Independent Archives Week 2018 took place from November 2 – 13, 2018 as a series of free public events, panels, conversations, and screenings that highlight artist-run centre archives, artists working with archives, and the intersections between contemporary art practices and social movements in Vancouver.

Rungh programming consisted of two panel discussions and documentation.

How to Build a Responsive Community Archive

Panel 1 – “Identity, Then and Now” – Saturday, November 3, 2018 at Full Circle Studios, with Raghavendra Rao K.V. and Dr. JP Catungal.

“Goodbye ‘identity politics,” writes Sonali Fernando in Rungh's “Visual Arts Issue” in 1994, “farewell ‘second wave feminism’ and ciao ‘Black Arts Movement’: in artistic and intellectual milieux these once indispensable ideologies are considered old hat.” Yet what is old is new again. In recent years, modes of political organization based in identity have emerged as a key motivating force of grassroots political organizing, theory, and critique. “Identity, Then and Now” brought together a panel of those involved in the creation and theorizing of culture to explore the ways in which Identity Politics has changed since the time of Rungh’s publishing in the 1990s, and how those changes affect the radical potential of this critical theoretical perspective. Does identity need to be re-identified? More...


Panel 2 - “How to Build a Responsive Community Archive” - Saturday, November 10, 2018 at Full Circle Studios, with Dr. Anne Murphy, Dr. Glenn Deer, and Melanie Hardbattle.

Who gets to be remembered? Who must fight not to be forgotten? Community Archives from South Asian and other communities are a unique resource for artists, scholars, and the community at large. Indispensable as sites for creating self knowledge within a community, they also offer an indispensable space for creativity and critical scholarship. And yet, community archives from traditionally/still racialized and marginalized communities are in danger of being lost due to neglect, under funding, and lack of resources. This panel linked scholars and activists who rely on the preservation of these vulnerable materials to explore intersecting histories of race, migration, power, and memory. More...


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