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De-Canon: A Visibility Project --- OPENING @ FIRST THURSDAY ARTWALK

  • UNA Gallery 328 NW Broadway Portland OR 97209 United States (map)



:: AUGUST 3RD - 26TH, 2018 ::

[see below for details on events throughout August]

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, 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. 

                  { beyond

What lies  { under  language for you?

                  { within

Throughout the month of August, we will investigate this question with a curation of literary artworks and events - including: poetry reading, music+poetry performance, visual-literary installations, asemic art, and discussion-format events - each event to be hosted in the same space as our library of 150+ books by writers and artists of color, thus enabling many opportunities for interaction between audience, writers/artists, books, and literary artworks. 

De-Canon: A Visibility Project’s August installation and programming will be hosted at UNA Gallery, a collective art space run by contemporary artists with outsider identities. UNA prioritizes the work of marginalized artist communities, holding space for POC, queer and femme voices. 

De-Canon is grateful for support from the Precipice Fund, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and the Calligram Foundation; and for book donations from Tin House, Wave Books, Octopus Books, Forest Avenue Press, YesYes Books, and many authors. De-Canon also thanks its community of “de-canonizers” who contributed lists to our curation process.


Earlier Event: June 1
Living Canon Talk 2 ::: Three Poets
Later Event: August 5
DE-CANON /// [WORDS] ::: A Reading