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De-Canon: A Visibility Project (OPENING)

  • UNA Gallery 328 Northwest Broadway #117 Portland, OR, 97209 United States (map)

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.

Our library collection includes works by writers and artists working in and across the domains of poetry, prose, hybrid literary forms, image-text, visual art, performance, movement, and more. Through this project, we wish to push against notions of how literature - which conveys to us perception, language, and cultural (as well as self) definitions - may be transmitted, gathered, contained, released, hidden, revealed, coded, decoded, shared and preserved, in both temporal and fixed ways, especially for communities of color.

What lies beyond/under/within language for you?

Throughout the month of August, we will investigate this question with a curation of four primary performance events showcasing local writers and artists of color. Four “modes” of embodied expression will provide framework for this series of events:

1) words; 2) sound/music; 3) visual; 4) body.



Physical Education

Shayla Lawson

Stacey Tran

Dao Strom

Neil Aitken

Sam Roxas-Chua

and more TBD.

The library space will also be available for discussion and literary/art workshop sessions for POC groups. Visitors will be encouraged to browse and experience this exhibit at their own pace during open hours.

De-Canon is a literary arts project directed by writers Dao Strom and Neil Aitken

Earlier Event: July 14
Madwoman Etc. LIVE!