In this group exhibition, with work by artists from Japan, Britain and Malaysia, ‘home’ is explored as an unstable or elusive concept. The connotations of security, belonging or familiarity, are taken to task by Hana Sakuma, John L Tran, Rie Iwatake & Jun’ya Kataoka, Freyja Dean, Richard Paul, Junko Otake and Niranjan Rajah, who reconsider what constitutes home either by drawing from their own experience of displacement, or making the home environment strange and extraordinary.
As urbanization and migration across borders increase, a change in the notion of ‘home’ as a fixed point that defines identity and excludes those that don’t belong may be inevitable. The work in this show treats home as a moveable feast of desires, memories and paradoxes. Recalling older semi-nomadic ways of being, it looks forward to lives of hunting and gathering information, experiences and connections in an expanded field.
Guest artist performance by Malaysian-born artist Niranjan Rajah, Assistant Professor, School of Interactive Arts and Technology, Simon Fraser University, Canada. May 11th 7-8 p.m.