A three-week exhibition and installation project at Depot Artspace, focusing on the impact of the First World War on the Devonport community. Opens March 2015.
During the First World War, 120 men from the Devonport community were among the 18,500 New Zealanders lost.
This exhibition, installation and publication will commemorate those who left their homes to fight during the First World War. It will also document the effects on New Zealand communities as they adapted to the vast changes in society and explore, in a contemporary context, how communities survived and became or remained resilient, resourceful and cohesive.
We will focus on our local community of Devonport as an example of the effects of war on those at home and will encourage ongoing community reflection and participation through personal stories and memorabilia, including old family photos, letters, medals and other personal artefacts, which will be displayed and added to during the exhibition.
The exhibition will also invite, through a 'reflections wall', the thoughts and feelings of community members about war, the reflections on those who fought in the war, the loss of families and communities, and alternatives to war. This material will be documented in a publication and online at www.culturalgenealogymapping.co.nz to remember the First World War and how it changed New Zealand society and shaped our cultural identity.