For this years’ Vancouver Art/Book Fair fundraiser, I’ve put up for grabs a limited edition ‘library’ copy of ARClog 2.1: Women In and Out of Focus, chronicling the history of Women In Focus (1974-1992) and the reason for it’s demise.
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.
Three versions of the ‘library’ edition were produced, one for each of the academic libraries in Vancouver: UBC, SFU and ECUAD; and each of those contain two numbered copies. These ‘library’ copies are meant to be furtive artworks, where one copy of each has been inserted on the shelves of their respective institutions, next to the original publication which the work amends.
For more information on the project, or for a list of artists also participating in the fundraiser, please follow the image and text links embedded in this blog post.