Video

GOLD

Karen Kew

2002, 06:00 minutes, Colour, English

TAPECODE 418.10

Gold explores notions of cultural memory and identity set against the backdrop of a Southern Ontario town and images of pre-revolution China. The old style 1960's, free standing, Chinese restaurant, such a familiar landmark of many Canadian towns becomes the repository of the immigrant experience, the place where myth is invented. The piece also questions the way cultural memory is constructed through the process of preserving and designating architectural landmarks as historically and culturally significant. What is included and what is omitted on this list ultimately points to whose cultural memory is preserved and mythologized.

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