Feed The People
Feed The People
“He that takes medicine and neglects diet, wastes the skills of the physician.” (Chinese Proverb)
iteration of the Bendigo project…
This project started in Bendigo as part of the ‘Seedpod’ residency hosted by Punctum, a live arts organisation based in Castlemaine. During my time in Bendigo I researched and developed the project with the outcome of an art installation and public performance at the Old Fire Station in Bendigo. I found my time in Bendigo invaluable, as I was able to make connections within the community and learn much of the local history. I wanted to share these histories with people in Sydney, as a lot of Australians, myself included, are unaware of some of the Chinese histories in Australia.
Firstly I would like to thank Terry for allowing me to exhibit this project at Addison Road Gallery in Sydney. I would also like to thank the Chinese elders Dennis O’Hoy and Russell Jack who have given me invaluable information in regards to the Chinese history and insight into their own family histories in Bendigo. The Golden Dragon Museum and Bendigo Joss House for historical research. David Bannear who was kind enough to take the time to show me some of the old digging sites and cemeteries in the area. Punctum management, staff and technicians who have been extremely professional and supportive, whom without them I would not have been able to realise this project. Many many thanks to Pepper Green Farm who let me record and film on sight. Helen Kelly who has given me a place to stay and a warm welcome into the community of Castlemaine and ofcourse a big thanks to the broader community of Bendigo and Castlemaine, who made the journey a memorable and enjoyable one.