In our current moment, the question of home has never felt so important. Contemporary photographers, now more than ever, seem to be drawn to looking inward, towards the ordinary and the everyday as a site for photographic investigation. Although the ‘home’ is often considered to be a physical manifestation of belonging, it can also bring up feelings of displacement. To Stay Related brings together lens-based works from a number of emerging artists including Michèle Bygodt, Rishara Ferguson, Bruce Fraser, Mikhela Greiner, Marija Rebekka Kanavin Gutans, Jackson Heseltine, Kristy Hui, Andres Imperial, Stefan Johnson, Silas Ng, Neena Robertson, Svava Tergesen, Luis Villarreal and Gloria Wong, who navigate the different nuances of their relationship to the home. With photographs that explore ideas ranging from queerness to diasporic identity, the works in this show attempt to provide new ways of understanding what, where, or how “home” is created. To Stay Related probes into this instability of the notion of home, and proposes that the home is not one thing, but is always in a state of becoming.
Drawing from writer Sarah Ahmed’s idea that “bodies do not dwell in spaces that are exterior but rather are shaped by their dwellings and take shape by dwelling,” the works in this group show investigate the home as a critical site for the formation of identity. Extending beyond only the physical space, the artists in this exhibition also explore the notion that “home” can be embodied within ourselves and the everyday objects that surround us. Through still-lifes, portraiture, and documentary photographs, this exhibition brings together a number of emerging voices that demonstrate how the idea of home is brought to life through relationships, culture, and surreal fabrications.
Please note this exhibition is wheelchair accessible during gallery hours via the back door.