Tsunagu/Connect: The Exhibition
Tsunagu/Connect is a multi-phased, multi-year oral history project that explores the lives of Japanese women living in the UK since 1945. Starting in April 2020, New Earth Theatre have interviewed over 30 Japanese women who have settled all over the UK - from Aberdeen to Huddersfield, Belfast to London. Exploring themes of culture, prejudice and belonging, Tsunagu/Connect: The Exhibition reveals the joys and struggles, triumphs and hardships of creating a new life in a foreign land. Their stories will amaze, shock and entertain, upending tired stereotypes of Japanese women.
Featuring personal objects and interactive audio, this exhibition is an intimate glimpse into the domestic worlds of these women and poses a vital question: “What price must we pay to create a third space, neither one nation nor the other, where we finally have room to be ourselves?”
To fully interact with the exhibition, we ask that you bring a smartphone with compatible headphones. Due to Covid-19 all visitors must wear a face covering throughout the building.
Tsunagu/Connect is a National Lottery Heritage funded project from New Earth Theatre.
Venue: Apthorp Gallery
Two workshops accompany Tsunagu/Connect: The Exhibition:
Recording Your Stories - Over 60s Workshop on Mon 14 Feb, is an opportunity to learn more about 'oral history' and record your own stories and memories inspired by the themes of the exhibition.
In Family Workshop: Storymaking with Kazuko Hohki on Tue 15 Feb, families are invited to bring along an object that is special to them and discover storymaking with artist and theatre maker Kazuko Hohki.