In Search of the Vernacular Book Launch
On August 6th, Hiroshima Day, the Depot Artspace launched 'In Search of the Vernacular', a unique collaborative publication documenting a developing quest to uncover Aotearoa New Zealand's rich, diverse and distinct cultural identity. The book is a culmination of the projects that have been part of this quest; the Cultural Icons series of filmed interviews, the Cultural Mapping project and the Sum of the Parts multimedia exhibition.
'In Search of the Vernacular' was launched by two significant contributors and champions of the vernacular, Denys Trussell, patron of the Cultural Icons series, and prominent NZ artist Nigel Brown. Long-time peace activist and member of WILPF (Women's International League for Peace and Freedom), Ruth Coombes, also spoke about peace as it references our cultural identity . They were introduced by Erin Forsyth and Ruby Watson, who together compiled and produced the book.