Pollyanna 圖書館 Library (2017–) is a research infrastructure operated by non-profit organization 221A.

Video still from Deanna Bowen's 'sum of the parts: what can be named', 2010, 18 mins. Colour with sound, HD. Courtesy of the artist.

Description

Throughout the spring season of 2018, 221A hosts sum of the parts, a curatorial research project by Jenn Jackson which brings together a selection of films, performances and installations by artists who activate personal histories which are drawn from familial and public record. Artists Deanna Bowen, Felix Kalmenson, Divya Mehra, Krista Belle Stewart, and Casey Wei, present compelling excavations of the past, by drawing from familial, historic, and archival sources—visualizing narratives of race and class, and their recognition within official records.

Each film and performance provides a framework for a larger narrative of archival complexities—offering a visual key to examine discourses on the commodification and construction of historic record in relation to the business of archival storage, preservation, and dissemination within the public realm. In mining the potential of the private and public archive, these artists interrogate the visual and material nature of historical reference and activate immaterial records. Events and research associated with sum of the parts will be hosted at Pollyanna 圖書館 Library, among other venues. For the duration of the program, a library collection holding books and other documents selected by the various contributors and collaborators involved in the project is available for public reference. Further details for this series are listed at http://221a.ca/sum-of-the-parts

Call No.
Status
Collection
Name
Produced by
Material
Time
Place
Subjects
Selected by
Media link
SOTP
01
Availablesum of the partsSpring 2018 : Dirty Words Canadian ArtPrintJenn Jackson
SOTP
02
Availablesum of the partsThe Commisar Vanishes: The Falsification of Photographs and Art in Stalin's Russia (New Edition)David KingPrintJenn Jackson
SOTP
03
Availablesum of the partsParting Ways: Jewishness and the Critique of ZionismJudith ButlerPrintJenn Jackson
SOTP
04
REF
Referencesum of the partsкак всегда
Kak Vsegda
As Always
Felix KalemsonPrintJenn Jackson