Housing is an issue that affects and engages many of us. Housing is a basic need, one of our human rights, but also a means of expressing status and identity. The exhibition Home Sweet Home is positioned somewhere between the individual’s struggle to shape their own life and the underlying ideas and structures that affect social and urban planning as well as development and governmental housing policy.
We allow our homes and housing to become a template through which we view ongoing societal changes. Semantic changes are also a part of this process of development. “Property ladder” and “property investment” are terms that have come into everyday use. Public debates about house and home are nowadays deemed to belong more to the private sphere.
In this project, we have examined the home as a social construction and housing as ideological and economic space. We are also interested in how sets of values and normative behaviour are expressed and replicated in architecture.
The exhibition Home Sweet Home is a presentation of artworks by the participating artists in combination with a selection of archival materials compiled by the curators. Most of the artworks have been specially made for the exhibition. The exhibition is a multi-faceted staged environment, an image of housing which calls into question prevailing norms and structures: the influence of the market economy, an increase in segregation, the cementation of heteronormative values, and the influence of the media on our lives.
An important part of the project has been the lectures by Karin Bradley, Irene Molina, Joar Nango, Åsa Sonjasdotter, Emmerik Warburg and Moa Tunström which took place at Konsthall C during the spring and autumn of 2010. They have each contributed a range of different perspectives on the idea of the home, not least as a space for utopian ideas, alternative lifestyles, as a space for collective living, but also as an exclusionary space.