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Archived Resistance

Vancouver art show documents local and North American roots of anarchy and resistance

by Isaac Oommen

Drawing of a death row inmate's view from the bottom bunk
Drawing of a death row inmate's view from the bottom bunk
An inmate shows his idea for a support website
An inmate shows his idea for a support website
Mumia Abu Jamal signs off on his ruminations on hip-hop's potential on the struggle
Mumia Abu Jamal signs off on his ruminations on hip-hop's potential on the struggle
Local material by Zig Zag on No2010
Local material by Zig Zag on No2010
Civilization is a Crime Scene zine by Matta - the original silkscreen
Civilization is a Crime Scene zine by Matta - the original silkscreen
BC's own Open Road magazine
BC's own Open Road magazine

What do you know about anarchy in Vancouver - it's roots and where it started?

Curator of the Archived Resistance show, Dave Cunningham, knows volumes. Said volumes were also clothespinned across the basement walls of Teller Towers (16 E. Hastings) from July 17 - August 8.

Vancouver has a rich history in anarchy and resistance, from Zig Zag's many publications on the topic of struggle, to Open Road magazine.

There's also an international/North American contribution: Archived Resistance also included a number of letters and notes sent back and forth between death row inmates and their correspondents outside - the means by which they communicated to the outside world and to each other about topics as diverse as prison resistance to Tupac Shakur.

There was a wealth of information available for anyone to peruse, and resources by which one could contact inmates about their thoughts and experiences. It was a unique and highly informative show.


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