My post is responding to the second question/area of interest listed on the blog: "The “Home” as a cultural construct. Investigating the histories of the food we eat, the clothes we wear, even the games we play."
The “Home” is a place that offering affection and security to its residents, however, as a cultural construct, home can be interpreted in various ways based on the experience and memory of the storyteller. For instance, a child in Syria may read "home" as "shelter" or "refugee camp", and a survivor of a concentration camp may read "home" as “heaven” or "dream land". A fisherman who sail in the sea may read "home" as the "boat" or "island", and a warrior may read "home" as "families" instead of a "house". An immigrant may read "home" as "place he/she rise", but at the same time, may read "home" as "hometown" or the place he/she "originally from".
I would like to explore the possibility of use multiple media of art to examine, comment on, subvert, interpret, or emphasize home as information, and addresses critical concerns such as politics, violence, women, racism, immigration, healthcare, the Earth, etc. Open to any type of collaborations.
In my recent creative practice, I used illustration and augmented reality as media and used animals as symbol to display the metaphorical similarity of issues in human society. For instance, the Segregated Water Fountains (one illustration from my installation work Unvarnished Story) represents the injustice of treatment to animals. The ‘pet’ water fountain is visibly more luxurious than the ‘food animals’. We can therefore see straight away that the image is simply evidence of controversial inequality. Our human race segregate animals to groups for sentimental reasons and consumption purposes, and ignores the fact that all are living creatures that share existence with human beings and deserve to be free. This has a metaphorical similarity that reminds us the segregation of black and white people in America during 1950s. Till today the injustice still existed in our society, more obviously in criminal trial. The augmented reality animation of Segregated Water Fountains expands the metaphor to a broader topic by showing the prejudice on the external figure that caused a grey color humanoid character wearing "police skin coat" pulled the trigger and shot another grey color humanoid character who wear a "black skin sport suit", despite the fact that their internal characteristics are all the same. The audio was extracted from BBC news: St Louis: Unrest after police killing of teenager, to give audience more context to the reality. You can watch the documentary of this piece at here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6V4o9KcSis
Again, anyone who would be interested in this topic, don't hesitate to reply with your thoughts. I look forward to potential collaborations!
Artist of Unvarnished Story