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Museum show digs into cultural past

August 29, 2016 10:17 A.M.
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Re: Recording Chinese Histories, a locally commissioned historical project by artist Morris Lum, runs Sept. 9-Jan. 21, 2017, at Kamloops Museum.

Lum, a Mississauga, Ont. based photographer, created the exhibition using photographs from Kamloops archives and mural-sized prints of Chinese cultural sites. The exhibition will include objects, texts and new donations in the Kamloops Museum and Archives (KMA) collection.

A partnership with the Kamloops Chinese Cultural Association (KCCA) and the Kamloops Chinese Freemasons (KCF), Re: Recording Chinese Histories explores the role of culture in the collection and organization of historical data. 

“As a method of re–imaging [this] history, I have ‘mined’ through … material that connects the history of the Chinese in Canada to the City of Kamloops.”

The work in Re:Recording Chinese Histories addresses the conditions for producing and preserving the stories of a community, using multiple voices to realign historical data and introduce complexity as a vital element in the retelling of stories of Chinese settlement in Kamloops.

Lum’s work explores the hybrid nature of the Chinese–Canadian community. He’s is currently working on a cross-Canada project that looks specifically at the transformation of the Chinatown. 

An reception, open to the public, will be held Friday, Sept.9, 5:30–7 p.m. Lum gives an artist's talk at 5:45 p.m.

In conjunction with the new exhibition, the KMA also presents A Little History of Photography in A Small City, a lecture by Ernie Kroeger, associate professor in TRU’s visual and performing arts department. His lecture will explore the first photographers to visit Kamloops in the late 1800s, notable photographers who first set up shop here, and some of the more interesting photographers from the period.

The lecture takes place Wednesday, Sept. 28, 6:30-8 p.m. Anyone planning to attend should register using the City of Kamloops course number, 261551. Call 250-828-3500 or 250-828-3576.

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