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[CROP] FLASH INTERVENTION NZ

Chuzkos | Christchurch, New Zealand | 2018

[CROP] Project: Flash Intervention NZ combines the concepts of inclusivity and diversity in a large-scale street art work, to celebrate the evolving face of Christchurch’s population.

The human face of Christchurch and Canterbury has changed since the early Ngāti Māmoe, Waitaha, then Ngāi Tahu iwi lived in the area. Mass migration from Great Britain in the mid-nineteenth Century reflected what was happening throughout New Zealand. Since then, people from their Pacific community and from further afield, have emigrated to their shores for work, refuge, family, and love.

Post-quake, Christchurch experienced another new influx of immigrants. Workers flocked to the city from countries such as the Philippines, Ireland, Australia, and the Czech Republic to help rebuild the city – contributing to New Zealand’s economy and enriching the culture in the process. So how does this reflect their identity? What do they look like now?

 

Photos: Chuzkos & [CROP] Project

Photos: Chuzkos & [CROP] Project

The project started at XCHC, inviting creatives to take part in a FLASH street intervention. CHUZKOS then coordinated a workshop and joined forces with a group of local artists and photographers to brainstorm, develop ideas, negotiate logistics then implement the artwork. Within a week, photographic portraits were made, the collage-style artwork designed, and the location and media organised.

An event was created inviting the public to participate as the team pasted up portraits and designs. The collaborative street intervention is also accompanied by an interactive roaming dance performance by Ravenhill Dance. The artwork provides a glimpse of the diverse face Christchurch city and a nation of people who need to promote unity, equality, inclusion and acceptance while also celebrating differences and diversity. The art work is designed to ignite conversations and inspire individual pride and recognition of people’s role in their community and family.

Supporters and connected organisations: XCHC, Watch This Space Christchurch, DANZ, Ravenhill Dance.

Site/s: Cnr Manchester and Lichfield Streets

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