In conjunction with Syrus Marcus Ware's exhibition 2068: Touch Change at grunt gallery, Recollective: Vancouver Independent Archives Week presents a discussion between the artist and Vancouver-based activist and writer !Kona.
Ware's exhibition takes the shape of an archive fifty years in the future, looking back at the present day. In it, the artist points to a historical record of black activism and presence here on the West Coast via a series of large-scale graphite portraits and documents, gleaned from his ongoing research into existing and historical BIPOC communities. His work also carries a speculative premise: that activists of different generations and geographies might meet for the first time in the hypothetical fonds of the archive. Syrus and local artist and activist !Kona will take the show as a jumping off point for a discussion around social justice, networks of relation, speculative fiction and the artist-initiated archive.
Video and edit by Rosalina Cerritos.
Support for this event provided by Canada Council for the Arts and the British Columbia Arts Council.