Swap your treasure for a stranger’s
You would be hard-pushed to fit a year-long haul of memories in one backpack.
Claire Digneau will have to leave many trinkets and souvenirs behind when she finishes her travels and returns to France.
But the 22-year-old has a novel approach to the situation.
She has organised an object-swap exhibition at Beresford Square’s Bridge Gallery Studio where people leave behind one of their belongings before taking home a stranger’s pre-loved loot.
‘‘I have to fit everything I have in a backpack at some point and you get attached to things so you don’t want to just throw them away,’’ Digneau says.
‘‘I hope the event will connect people and will extend the life of an object, allowing the next owner to give it a new story.’’
Each person is able to leave a note with their object to explain the backstory behind it or it can be completely anonymous.
The piece could be anything from a book or an ornament to some artwork.
Digneau gave up her copy of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road at the exhibition’s opening last night.
The self-confessed collector says she would find it hard not to swap it for another item but may part with more than just one object during the 21-day exhibition.
The first object received for the swap was a beer bottle sent from Germany with a story attached.
Dumpster-diving for treasures thrown into skips around her Grey Lynn home is one of her favourite pastimes, Digneau says.
‘‘I’ve found so many things in dumpsters in the street actually. I’ve got a very old jewellery box that I found one day in a dumpster that would probably be really expensive in an antique shop.
‘‘It’s going to be so hard to leave things behind.’’
Digneau hopes people who take part in the exhibition will make connections through its Facebook page and give more background to their object.
The event will run until September 10 and is open from Thursday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm.