“Loneliness isn’t about being by yourself. That’s fine, right and good, desirable in many ways. Loneliness is about finding a landing-place, or not, and knowing that, whatever you do, you can go back there. The opposite of loneliness isn’t company, it’s return. A place to return.”
– Jeanette Winterson, The Stone Gods
Landing Places is a multidisciplinary exhibition happening in conjunction with IndigNation 2012. It features work by 10 queer artists and seeks to document experiences of how our sexualities affect the ways in which we define, create, articulate, question, reject and/or relate to notions of home. The exhibition will comprise drawing, painting, photography, collage, and animation.
For many queer individuals, ideas of home are complicated by personal identities running contrary to cultural beliefs: In domestic spaces, many teenagers mute their sexualities for fear of punishment and expulsion. Adult offspring live independently of their parents in order to articulate their own freedoms. Many simply pine for amorphous ideas of “other countries” where their natural instincts are not criminalised. Is home characterised by person, place, culture, belonging? It is space to be cherished, an entity to be built or simply, a cliché? What defines that place to which we “return”?
Landing Places is curated by Tania De Rozario and includes work by Jay Bernard (UK), Elisha Lim (Canada), Loo Zihan (Singapore), Ng Yong Heng (Singapore), Valerie Oliveiro (Singapore), Dahlia Osman (Singapore), Jane Porter (Singapore), Gavin Maughfling (UK) and Jason Wee (Singapore).
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And some snapshots!