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De-Canon: A Visibility Project @ UNA Gallery

  • UNA Gallery 328 NW Broadway #117 Portland, OR 97209 (map)
De-Canon "pop-up library" shelves at UNA Gallery (Aug 2017)

De-Canon "pop-up library" shelves at UNA Gallery (Aug 2017)

De-Canon: A Visibility Project, a popup library and social engagement project showcasing writers and artists of color, launched with our first installation exhibit at UNA Gallery, from Aug 3 to 26.

De-Canon: A Visibility Project is a “pop-up library” and web resource project that showcases literary art by writers/artists of color. Our goal is to put forth an alternative literary “canon” — or multiple canons — that are inclusive, diverse, and multi-storied in their approach to representation. De-Canon wishes to challenge existing ideas of what constitutes the North American literary canon, especially in our current culture.

Our August exhibit at UNA Gallery featured 334 books by writers of color, 270 of which were purchased for the collection or donated by authors or presses, and the remaining 64 were loaned to the collection for the exhibit by Dao Strom, Neil Aitken, and another local writer. See a snapshot of our book list here.

DE-CANON Featured Artists and Collaborators:

2017 Featured Artists

Stephanie Adams-Santos
Samiya Bashir
Trevino Brings Plenty
keyon gaskin
Allie Hankins
Shayla Lawson
Jonathan Raissi
Christopher Rose
Sam Roxas-Chua
Stacey Tran
Tron 444
Jake Vermaas
Anna Vo
Roland Dahwen Wu
Takahiro Yamamoto
Lu Yim

2017 Collaborations

UNA Gallery
Physical Education
Whitenoise Project
Moved by Words
Unlearning Podcast
East Portland Arts & Literary Festival (EPALF)

2017 Patrons & Funding
Precipice Fund
The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
The Calligram Foundation