Vancouver Independent
Archives Week 2018/19



Recollective: Vancouver Independent Archives Week 2018 takes 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.

Recollective is a joint initiative of 221A, Artspeak, grunt gallery, Rungh Magazine, The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, VIVO Media Arts Centre, and Western Front

The program significantly expands on the work begun through previous archival projects: “Activating the Archive” and “Vancouver Independent Archives Week.” Taking the focus and format of these events as a starting point, Recollective broadens the context, understanding, and awareness of independent archives by exploring what is at stake when artists and arts organizations confront the tasks of arranging, describing, preserving, and providing access to material history. In 2018, Recollective features 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. This series of events will emphasize the reciprocal influence between contemporary culture and social movements by drawing attention to shared experiences and struggles across diverse communities.

Throughout 2019, Recollective will look beyond Vancouver to host a series of national and international presenters and respondents to examine these issues in a range of global contexts. Presenting organizations will invite a variety of artists, writers, and activists to create critical responses to Recollective events and this research will be added to on an ongoing basis to extend access to new audiences. Stay tuned for updates.

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country. Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil a investi 153 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.