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Museum of Me: Stories From Our Homes

With many museums around the globe still closed, there’s no better time to start looking within your own home for stories of inspiration, history and identity. What objects in your life represent the expressions of your heritage, culture, lineage or creativity? We asked MOA staff to curate their own #MuseumofMe and here are some of their fascinating objects, artworks and photos. Explore #MuseumofMe on Twitter to see all the interesting objects that people around the world have shared.

We’d love to see your #MuseumofMe too. Send us your objects and we’ll share our favourites on social media. Select your object based on the following categories—or feel free to get creative, too. Email your submission to communications@moa.ubc.ca and include a one-to-two-sentence caption to describe your #MuseumofMe.

  1. An object that’s been passed down to you
  2. A tradition that you will pass down to someone
  3. Your favourite object
  4. Something that you collect
  5. A family photo

Jill Baird—Curator, Education + Department Head

“This artwork by a street artist named Junky is from Seoul Korea in 2007. Since I have been working in my home basement office during the COVID-19 pandemic, the masked two-headed bird on my wall has changed significance—from the artist’s response to air quality, to a Coronavirus warning of a different kind.”

 


Hailey Mah—Communications Assistant

(Left) “This is my late great-uncle Ed Fong and great-aunt Dorothy, both born in Victoria, BC. Ed was a member of the all Chinese-Canadian Force 136 in WWII and was stationed in Australia. Force 136 was an important factor in giving Chinese-Canadians full citizenship and the right to vote in 1947. This sweet photo of them captures the warm, lively energy that I remember both of them by.”

(Right) “This scrapbook is a memento from the summer I spent living in Berlin and travelling through Europe. Made from an upcycled museum catalogue, inside each spread are envelopes filled with ticket stubs and photos gathered from the different locales and galleries I was lucky enough to visit.”

 


Marie Wustner—Curator, Public Programs + Engagement

“This is a baby bear skull that was gifted to me by a former co-worker, a fellow youth worker at the Urban Native Youth Association. It is adorned with colour in celebration of the life it once had and the energy is still holds. It reminds me of our connection to the beings outside our city of glass.”  

 

 

 

 


Sharon Haswell—MOA Shop Manager 

“When I look at this photo of my great-great-grandfather, Asajiro Noda, I smile at the family resemblance because my mother inherited his eyes. His father was a shipbuilder, when Asajiro was eight years old, a ship from Nagasaki accidentally sailed away with him on board. Yes, he was alone! When they discovered him, they put him on another ship that was meant to return to Japan, but he never made it back. So he sailed around the Pacific for years and eventually became the first Japanese person to set foot in New Zealand. He arrived as a young man and married my great-great Maori grandmother, Rihi Tipene Te Ahu. Read his biography here.”

 


Kristi Fuoco—Marketing + Communications Coordinator

“After my wonderful grandmother passed away I was given her bronzed baby shoes from the early 1900s. I’d never heard of shoe bronzing before—what a bizarre tradition. But now the shoes live on my bookshelf and make me think of her daily. My grandparents were extraordinary, loving and kind. Any object or photo that reminds me of them holds a special place in my heart and in my house.”

 


Bonnie Sun—Senior Marketing + Communications Manager 

“This is a photo of me and my parents on holidays in Vancouver, in Stanley Park, in the early 80s. During these times of COVID-19 and social unrest, I think a lot about my aging parents, and their vulnerability to the virus—and now also, to anti-Asian racism. I also think about their unspoken sacrifices and incalculable contributions for their family and their community at large. As we all face a new and uncertain future together, now is the time to honour—and act on behalf of—our elders and ancestors who worked so hard to lay the foundations of our lives.

 

 


Hollie Lo—Shop Financial Processing Specialist

“I started playing Dungeons and Dragons a few years ago and haven’t stopped the adventures since! It’s a creative outlet for me to collaborate with friends on fun and zany stories. Along the way, my dice collection grew with every new character I played. It’s incredibly fun colour-coordinating dice to match the personalities of all my different characters, like a stoic half-elf paladin or an inquisitive gnome warlock.”

 


Cody Rocko—Graphic Designer

“There is a deep pleasure in something which appears to be insignificant, unmarked, unknown when in fact it is extraordinary. Only knowledge can produce that depth of appreciation and this kind of secret satisfaction is powerful.” This mini exhibition catalogue takes the place of a traditional resume and represents a small portion of the “Archive of Natural Ephemera” collected throughout Cody Rocko’s life. See the catalogue here.