Photographer - John Rata
Historian - Lily Lee
For Lunar New Year 2021, Britomart commissioned me to design a series of poster panels to be exhibited around the Britomart Pavilions, and flags located at the entrance of Takutai Square and around the precinct.
This exhibition would go alongside my Whale Tale, also commissioned by Britomart, which tells the migration story of early Chinese immigrants to Aotearoa. 落地⽣根 To Grow Roots Where They Land expands upon this narrative by sharing the story of the arrival of the Chinese refugee wives as told through their descendants. Chinese New Year is a time for families to be together, so it made sense for me to tell this significant point in Chinese New Zealand history.
Photos by Joe Hockley