No Place Like Home
J Carpenter, Negin Dastgheib, Amanda C. Mathis
Room Service Gallery, Brooklyn, New York
16 - 19 July 2015
1. a house, apartment or other shelter where one lives permanently, especially as a member of a family or household
2. the place in which one's domestic affections are centered
3. a person's native place or own country
4. the place or region where something is native or most common
5. a familiar or usual setting
The words used to describe ‘home’ usually convey a feeling of comfort, security and familiarity. It can be a space we are invited into, or one we create ourselves; either way, it is integral to our sense of belonging and identity. It exists through the people we share it with, familiar smells and sounds, or the sensation of old and well-loved objects. For many, the instability of movement and relocation brings to light the importance of ones home, and makes the desire to reconnect stronger.
No Place Like Home is an exhibition of three New York based artists whose practices explore concepts of home and place. In this context, home is not a specific location, but an imagined place that lives in memories, and the nostalgic longing for a feeling or sensation.
Each of the artists – J Carpenter, Negin Dastgheib and Amanda C. Mathis – share the experience of either a personal or familial dislocation from their home and connection to family history. By exploring themes of place and the unique ingredients that lend a specific place that feeling of ‘home’, they address the question of what it means to feel secure, connected and ‘at home’.
Photo credit: Becky Rodriquez @aandbnyc @rodriguez_becky