Why do people travel? What does it mean to be away from ‘home’? Does our idea of ‘home’ change and transmute the more we travel, or does it perhaps only come into existence when we leave the physical reality behind? Can we ever simply and unproblematically ‘return home’ after our travels, and will it be the same ‘home’ we left? How do we negotiate between our past spatial memories and the new geographical locations we find ourselves in? Last but not least, can we ever really experience a new place for the first time, outside its familiar representations in maps, guidebooks, films and news programmes?
The exhibition features the work of six UK-based artists - Ting-Ting Cheng, Joanna Zylinska, Chu Yin-Hua, Alexandra Wolkowicz and Barney & Lucy Heywood - who use photography and video to ask poignant questions about spatial identity, geographical belonging and the passage of time. Suspended between dream, memory and imagination, the projects presented here offer a poetic reflection on the movement of bodies and minds across cities, continents and cultures in the age of globalisation.
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