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

Collection 03

Vancouver Special: Ambivalent Pleasures


In 2017, 221A presented a season of public talks, performances, and workshops in collaboration with the Vancouver Art Gallery for the occasion of the exhibition Vancouver Special: Ambivalent Pleasures. 221A’s program sought to provide the exhibition’s 40 artists with a space and time oblique to the civic museum to traverse alternative lines of thought and forms of engagement. For the duration of the program, 221A hosted a public reading room and library collection presenting books selected by the various contributors and collaborators involved in the exhibition.


  • Alison Yip
  • Angela Teng
  • Anne Low
  • Andrew Berardini
  • Arvo Leo
  • Antoni Oko
  • Barry Doupé
  • Charlene Vickers
  • Colleen Brown
  • Derya Akay
  • Eli Bornowsky
  • Elizabeth McIntosh
  • Gareth James
  • Garry Neill Kennedy
  • Jesse McKee
  • Julia Feyrer
  • Julian Hou
  • Justine A. Chambers
  • Khan Lee
  • Kim Dorland
  • Krista Belle Stewart
  • Lyse Lemieux
  • Mark Delong
  • Matt Browning
  • Michael Drebert
  • Mina Totino
  • Rachelle Sawatsky
  • Raymond Boisjoly
  • Richard William Hill
  • Ron Tran
  • Tamara Henderson
  • Tiziana La Melia
  • Walter Scott
  • William Gibson
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Collection 02

Prosper Center


For its Winter 2016 collection, Prosper Center’s sportswear is mixed with street fighter motifs and stock market data. “Symbols of desired power are worn as appropriations of our opponents’ strengths.” The collection points to the intersectionality of the human-data-animal assemblage, marking the contemporary body as meeting place of technologic and organic streams of influence.


  • Prosper Center
  • tranzit.ro iasi
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Collection 01

Notes on Political Ecologies (N.O.P.E. 2016)


Notes on Political Ecologies (N.O.P.E. 2016) was an institutional experiment that assembled a collective of artists, writers, and researchers, and invited them to appropriate 221A’s exhibition space as a site of communal study between May and August 2016. The collective convened twice a week to plan and carry out an investigation into the institution’s intimate surroundings: Vancouver’s Chinatown and Downtown Eastside.


  • Vincent Tao
  • Alex Braidek
  • Alexandra Bischoff
  • Marisa Kriangwiwat Holmes
  • Sierra Komar
  • Steffanie Ling
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Collection 00

221A Collection 2005-16


Since 2005, 221A has collected a body of critical texts and artists books that have shaped the organization’s public programming and advanced its original mandate to examine the role of design and art in the production of contemporary society.


  • Michelle Fu
  • Brian McBay
  • Sarah Todd
  • Bopha Chhay
  • Jesse McKee
  • A.E. Benenson
  • Kristen Chappa
  • Vincent Tao
  • Steffanie Ling
  • Alison Yip
  • Ron Tran
  • Richard Ibghy & Marilou Lemmens
  • Hyung-min Yoon
  • Russell Baker
  • Dan Starling
  • Sungpil Yoon
  • Barry Doupé
  • Antoni Oko
  • Kari Cwynar
  • Brady Cranfield
  • Jamie Hilder
  • Joji Fukushima
  • Jade Niklai
  • Tom Sloan
  • Rebecca Bayer
  • Sydney Hart
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Full Collection


Pollyanna Library collects print material, audio, videos, objects, and artworks acquired by the research initiatives of 221A’s fellowship program.

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