Call Out for Participants!
Gum Sarn: Evolving Notions of the ‘Sweet Earth’ is an exhibition which will explore and celebrate the recent history (the 1900s onwards) of Chinese in New Zealand and showcase significant aspects of a culture which enriches and is integral to New Zealand life. We envisage that it will build awareness and appreciation and through that a community of understanding.
New Zealand has been referred to as ‘Gum Sarn’ (Gold Mountain) by people in China when describing where relatives or friends have gone to. ‘Gum Sarn’ as a description has a base in reality as many Chinese came to New Zealand in search of gold, however ‘Gum Sarn’ also has a mythological thread as its meaning might have changed and been adapted for different generations in different situations.
It’s a participatory exhibition and we would love to hear from you. We are looking for:
- Photographs, texts or memorabilia showcasing early Chinese in NZ.
- Participants for a video project where you describe your ideas on ‘Gum Sarn’, and share stories and memories. This video will screen during the exhibition.
- Your memories of market gardens, fruit & veggie shops, restaurants and other significant places (e.g. The Peking Restaurant on Victoria Street West, Wah Lee’s). We will pin these places on a large map of Auckland.
Gum Sarn will be at Depot Artspace, Devonport from mid-August to early September 2017.
Many thanks to the Chinese Poll Tax Heritage Trust for funding this exhibition.