HATCH ART PROJECT

Deciphering Dwelling

 
 
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Deciphering dwelling: Home is where the __________ IS

Mid pleasures and palaces though we may roam

Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home

A charm from the skies seems to hallow us there

Which seek thro’ the world, is ne’er met elsewhere

Home! Home!

Sweet, sweet home!

There’s no place like home
— John Howard Payne

Home is generally accompanied by powerful emotional bonds that engage with a sense of nostalgic, almost mythical vision. A nostalgic understanding of home is a homogenous, peaceful, safe, and secure. A home allows people to be integrated within a meaningful and all-embracing structure through social and physical solidarity. Thus, the common expression goes ‘home is where the heart is’, and as the poem states ‘there is no place like home’. However, there are other considerations when thinking of home. The eight emerging Southeast Asian artists in this exhibition suggest how a home is lived and experienced by people as a place. They ask how is it divorced from prevailing myths and nostalgic vision. They examine the concept of one’s abode as a physical dwelling space within the context of social, cultural, political issues, thereby detaching it from the traditional way of understanding home. The artists are most interested in how dwelling places delineate power dynamics and socio-economic conditions and their impacts on places called home in contemporary society.

However, there are other considerations when thinking of home. The eight emerging Southeast Asian artists in this exhibition suggest how a home is lived and experienced by people as a place. They ask how is it divorced from prevailing myths and nostalgic vision. They examine the concept of one’s abode as a physical dwelling space within the context of social, cultural, political issues, thereby detaching it from the traditional way of understanding home. The artists are most interested in how dwelling places delineate power dynamics and socio-economic conditions and their impacts on places called home in contemporary society.