After working for several years on researching the history of Women In Focus (1974-1992) and the reason for it’s demise, I’ve finally put together a self-published artist book on the subject: ARClog 2.1: Women In and Out of Focus.
The first few pages of the project summarize the history of the earliest Vancouver-based feminist artist-run centre, and these are followed by 200+ pages of scanned and xeroxed reproductions of the chronological archival data that I consulted from various sources to write the text. The main body of publications is kept at the Crista Dahl Media Library & Archive at VIVO Media Arts Centre, but several key documents were found at the UBC Rare Books Library, in the collection of Dr. Margot Butler, in the Unit/Pitt archive, and in my own personal collection.
The publication had it’s ‘soft’ launch during the Moniker Press reading room installation, done in collaboration with Brandon Cotter, which took place at the Project Space membership fundraiser on Saturday September 26th. The copy included in this installation was my own spiral-bound artist’s proof.
For more information on the project, please follow the image and text links embedded in this blog post.