Definitions of “home” are at once specific and singular, yet also universal. We each have a place we call “home” but what that place is varies – is it the hometown or country, the place you grew up in, your current living space? In early ideas of home – the home was a space for sleep, work and sustenance; a utilitarian space with no thought towards comfort or what we now call “hominess.” Today, a home maintains its pertinence as a base, but it also has become a site for the construction of one’s identity.
At Home examines concepts of home and hominess – the fluctuations of what constitutes home (locality and sensory attachments) and the shifting identities attached/derived from definitions of “home.” The artists in At Home come from various perspectives, from immigrant narratives to natives of Oakland Chinatown, yet they all attempt to define home for themselves and in turn, add to a larger notion of “home.”
Presented by Kearny Street Workshop and East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation