De-Canon: A Visibility Project // August 2017

This exhibit takes the form of a pop-up library that includes 150+ books by POC authors, plus visual-literary artworks in the form of video poems, ascemic art, and more.

The library collection contains works by writers and artists working in and across the domains of poetry, prose, hybrid literary forms, image-text, visual art, performance, and more. Through this, 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. 


A series of events accompanied this exhibit throughout August and included poetry readings, workshops/presentations, a film screening, music+poetry performance, and closed with a Reading Group hosted by Physical Education.

Performers/participants included:

Visual/Literary/Poetry Artwork: Samiya Bashir, Sam Roxas-Chua, Dao Strom, Roland Dahwen Wu, Stacey Tran, Jonathan Raissi

Poetry: Neil Aitken, Stephanie Adams-Santos, Christopher Rose, Jake Vermaas

Music+Poetry: Shayla Lawson, Trevino Brings Plenty, Dao Strom, Anna Vo, Tron 444

Other Presenters/Collaborators: Unlearning Podcast, Physical Education, Moved By Words, White Noise Project

De-Canon is a project facilitated by Portland-based poet Neil Aitken and poet-musician Dao Strom.

This project is supported by a 2017 Precipice Fund Grant.