In connection with Abigail DeVille’s exhibition The American Future, PICA presents a free screening of Arresting Power: Resisting Police Violence in Portland, Oregon (2014), co-directed by Julie Perini, Erin Yanke, and Jodi Darby. Documenting the history of conflict between the Portland police and community members over the past 50 years, the film features personal stories of resistance told by victims of police misconduct, the families of people who were killed by police, and members of Portland’s reform and abolition movements. Utilizing meditative footage taken at sites of police violence, experimental filmmaking techniques, and archival newsreel, Arresting Power creates a space for understanding the impacts of police violence and imagining a world without police.
A conversation with audience and filmmakers will follow, focused on questions and themes explored by both DeVille’s exhibition and the film, including community-centered archives and stories, histories of resistance to systems of power, and the role of documentation in preserving culture and memory.
This event is an affiliated public program of Abigail DeVille’s exhibition The American Future, on view at PICA through January 12, 2019.