The Arches presents
Thu 5 - Mon 30 Jun 2014 | Preview: Thursday 5th June, 6-8pm | Exhibition: Mon-Sat, 11am 'til late | Free entry
Working with people who have moved to Scotland from elsewhere, Sarah Roberts has undertaken a research-based photographic exploration of the concept of home. The participants come from a wide range of backgrounds and from a variety of countries including Peru, Afghanistan, Slovakia, Italy, Lithuania, the USA and Somalia. With so much negative media attention surrounding the issue of immigration, not only in the UK but around the world, this project is an attempt to counteract this harmful rhetoric and celebrate the diversity that immigration creates. While the objects photographed are specific to individuals, the body of work as a whole demonstrates the universality of some of the main indicators of home, with family, friendship and culture at the forefront. While the specifics may change, there is a commonality in the things that we as human beings hold dear.
Group research and interviews with each participant form the basis of this project, enabling the photographer to build a picture of the universal aspects of the meaning of home, whilst also looking at the distinctly different aspects that are important in making the individual feel at home. The resulting body of work from this project consists of large scale portraits of each individual, displayed alongside montages of images of objects that symbolise different aspects of each person’s sense of home. By displaying the images in this way, there is no direct correlation between the individual and the objects. This has been done partly to preserve the anonymity of the participants, but also to demonstrate the intriguing mix of universality and individuality of the subject.
Please join us for a drink at the exhibition launch on Thursday 5th June, 6-8pm, in The Arches foyer.
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“Where can you see tomorrow’s work today? The answer is The Arches.”
Producing and presenting risk-taking work from local and international artists and companies, the building has boasted performances over the past two years from Derevo, The TEAM and Taylor Mac, hosted the National Review of Live Art and New Territories festivals and seen blistering performances from boundary-pushing artists and companies such as John Moran, Adrian Howells, Ontroerend Goed and Quarantine as part of 2010’s BEHAVIOUR festival, our annual celebration of the live experience.
The Arches is also Scotland’s leading provider of support for emergent artists and performance practitioners, providing a year-long programme of opportunities including Artist in Residence programmes and our two annual awards, Platform 18: New Directions and the Brick Award, as well as showcasing raw work from homegrown talent such as Nic Green and Rob Drummond in Arches LIVE, our annual festival of brave new work.
Our dedicated Creative Learning programme offers even further-reaching opportunities for development across a broad range of social groups, with events ranging from urban music production course Tigerstyle and the newly launched Arches Community Choir, to mentoring schemes, professional development projects and off-site performance work with diverse social groups.
Words from Jackie Wylie, The Arches’ Artistic Director, following the tragic death of Adrian Howells:
“All at The Arches are devastated by the loss of Adrian Howells this week. He was our Artist in Residence and The Arches was his creative home. But more than that, he was a dear friend and companion in life to many of us here.
So many would say that there truly was no one like him, who personified love, generosity and the deepest type of empathy and desire to understand those lucky enough to have met him. With great humour he was able to create an instant connection with anyone he encountered. He was able to translate this desire to nurture and connect into his performance practice and in doing so leaves behind not only an incredible and influential body of work but a multitude of audience members across the world who have in some way been transformed by these encounters.
He supported, encouraged and was at the heart of an entire community of artists in Glasgow who will miss him terribly.”