DECIPHERING SERIES: DECIPHERING DWELLING
Home is no longer 'where the heart is’, and as the poem states ‘there is no place like home’ in contemporary society. 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 of home. 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.
DECIPHERING SERIES: DECIPHERING FOODs
Food is not simply an object that allows people to continue to live. One famous novel, Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland shows how Alice experiences her body’s changes in response to food, and eventually how she confuses herself with it. How can this be related to the world we live in now? We can hardly expect our response to food to cause dramatic changes in our bodies like Alice encounters in Wonderland. Instead, food is a significant social code that enables you to identify yourself within society. But do you think you choose what you eat?