I was traveling in different Asian country from the Philippines, Myanmar, Cambodia up to Thailand I always notice Chinese cultures are somehow part of our daily life. At the last census in 2006 Chinese New Zealanders accounted for 3.7% of the total population, the largest Asian ethnic group in New Zealand.
In the Philippines, We celebrates Chinese new years with big budget activities supported by non govenrmental organization and local government. I loved to go China town during this festivities and we acknowledge some chinese tradition as part of Philippines cultures.
The other day I visited the Wellington City council and I saw a promotion poster of Artist Kerry Ann Lee regarding her upcoming exhibition at Toi Pōneke Gallery on 31st of July, entitled “Home Made: Picturing Chinese Settlement in New Zealand“.
In a press release, Kerry Ann creates ‘playful and conversational’ worlds out of paper, scalpel and glue. Her collection of collages, paper-cuttings, and three-dimensional dioramas explore personal and local experiences of Chinese settlement in New Zealand, both the Chinese face behind the takeaway counter and the home customs housed behind the plastic ribbon curtain. At the centre of the exhibition is a lavishly illustrated artist book solely comprised of cut-paper, paint, found text and images, a kaleidoscopic tale told from a third-generation Kiwi perspective.
Along with her involvement in community art education and commercial design projects, Lee is known for her work in underground publishing and punk fanzines over the past decade. A limited edition of the Home Made artist book will be available for purchase at the exhibition.
Home Made: Picturing Chinese Settlement in New Zealand opens at 5.30pm on Thursday 31 July and runs until 22 August at Toi Pōneke Gallery, 61-63 Abel Smith Street.