Recollective: Vancouver Independent Archives Week

October 23rd, 2018 by

Recollective: Vancouver Independent Archives Week is a series of free public events, panels, conversations, performances, and screenings that highlight artist-run centre archives, artists working with archives, and the intersections between contemporary art practices and social movements in Vancouver and beyond.

In its 2018 year, the program featured perspectives and approaches to archival practice through grassroots strategies, collective organizing, hybrid models, DIY spaces, open source solutions, and counter-archives that facilitate ownership of community memory by and for community. In its 2019/2020 programming year, Recollective will host a series of national and international presenters and respondents to examine these issues in a range of global contexts.

Recollective also commissions a variety of artists, writers, and activists to create critical responses to our events. This research is added on an ongoing basis to our website to extend discourse and access to wider audiences.

Recent Works by Stacey Ho and Jane Shi in Response To:
Representing the Ephemeral: wen yau on Performance, Protest and Memory

花 4 HK by Stacey Ho is a passage about a 14-year old girl arrested for drawing a flower on a wall with chalk was the starting point for Ho’s work in which Ho’s parents help them to translate some of the Yellow Umbrella Movement phrases wen yau used in her performance.

PASSPORT Palimpsest by Jane Shi plays with textual performance. Scaffoldings of genre, official identity documents, and dominating language offer me a platform upon which to imagine implications of Hong Kong people’s current and past fights for democracy and freedom. Using her diasporic histories and familial connections to the events of June 4th, 1989 as an emotional backdrop, Shi probes intimacies of memory, resistance, and future within bottlenecks of insurgence and suppression. Holding onto the grief, defiance, anger, hope, humour, and love necessary to sustain social movements, this zine guides readers through halls of official bureaucracy, everyday print culture, and digital correspondence. It is a warm-up for what might be if the future so many fight for (and have not given up on) is to come.

Documentation and responses available here:

Stacey Ho is a 90% chill 10% not artist who’s into community building, books, and being sort of boring. They recently finished writing a short novella about aliens, love and boundaries tentatively called George the Parasite. They live on the unceded Coast Salish territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ peoples. They are the founder and one of the core organizers of Slow Wave Small Projects.

Jane Shi is a queer Chinese settler living on the unceded, traditional, and ancestral territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. She is a poet, writer, editor, and community organizer whose work has appeared in Room, Poetry Is Dead, LooseLeaf Magazine, Canthius, and PRISM International, among others. She wants to live in a world where love is not a limited resource, land is not mined, hearts are not filched, and bodies are not violated

PARTNERS: 221a, Artspeak, The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Rungh Magazine, VIVO Media Arts Centre, and Western Front.

For more information please visit or email Emma or Dan at grunt gallery. emma(at)grunt(dot)ca or dan(at)grunt(dot)ca

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