Laura Boffin and Vicky Hodgson capture individuals displaying their group identity. Boffin’s Bells, Hankies, Stick and Hodgson’s The Calling demonstrate the power of clothing.
Gabby Dempster, Carolyn Savidge, and the W.I.N. Collective explore how experience and memory can shape a sense of belonging. Dempster maps her fragile recollection of locations in Passing Through, all the places I've ever slept in. Savidge tucks the kernel of a vibrant memorial into A Biscuit Tin of Memories. The W.I.N. Collective tells of childhood and family in their audio-piece Home Truths.
Rosemary Ashton and Margaret Godel deal with the tangible. They notice how the stuff we accumulate becomes a mirror; that our belongings reflect who we are. In It’s better than no life at all (III) Ashton offers up her hoarded treasures. Godel signals her affection for her unwearable dresses in Afterlife.
Andrea Carr and Natasha Solomons play with this dynamic between belonging and belongings. In Orlando’s Suitcase, Carr investigates how owner and object influence each other. Solomons, in A Suitcase Story, invites us to meet the owner of a suitcase, yet gives us only objects.
Clare Carswell considers the meaning that belongings bestow on their owner. In Findings Carswell speaks about the wide-ranging impact of loosing all her possessions.
Cassie Ireland also looks at disruption. In Who does she think she is? Ireland makes a stand against those who challenge her place in the world.
Mervenil Emiroglu confronts us with total displacement. Emiroglu’s Circus Animals portray the poignancy of not belonging.
Sonia Boue in her performance piece Unpacking Exile asks questions about the im/possibility of belonging for the exile.