205 - Downtown Halifax
Beacon Project

What We Will Not Leave Behind

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What We Will Not Leave Behind is an animation installation that draws from memories collected from Chinese Nova Scotians. This work reaches past stereotypes to connect with viewers through small, everyday moments.

Starting in 2021, Shi has been conducting a series of conversations with members of the Chinese diaspora living in Kjipuktuk. What We Will Not Leave Behind chronicles the lived experience of these community members: from records of railroad workers in the 1890's, to the Shanghai exodus in the 1940s, to the Hong Kong handover in the 1990s, and to international students in the 2000s. Memories of daily life are presented in a series of short animated vignettes. Scenes of cooking, playing childhood games, and moving about the world are presented in dream-like paper-cut stop motion animation. This work reaches past familiar stereotypes to connect with viewers through small, everyday moments.

Oct 13th - All day
Oct 14th - All day
Oct 15th - All day
Animation Storytelling Installation

Location

Halifax Central Library - 1st Floor Reading Room

5440 Spring Garden Rd

Wheelchair accessible - Best viewed inside the library during open hours. You can still view the project from outside but for optimal viewing visit it during the day.