Sarah Roberts: Home

The Arches presents

Sarah Roberts: Home

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.