Queenstown: This is Home (2016)

The Room Within

“I should say: the house shelters day-dreaming, the house protects the dreamer, the house allows one to dream in peace.” - Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space

With The Poetics of Space as a point of departure, the installation, The Room Within, looks at the significance of objects in people's homes. The objects we possess have a variety of qualities: they are functional, sentimental, or both. What can we not bear to part with? What has come to represent us as people? What, at the end of a long day, do we come home to?

Engaging with residents of Queenstown, an old neighbourhood undergoing massive changes in housing, I photographed one object per resident, and presented its significance in oral history transcripts in the form of letters that were strewn about in a bedroom. 

The installation is part of This is Home, a series of multimedia mapping experiments organised by Brack and Matt3r, which presented the works of seven artists working in collaboration with residents in Queenstown, Singapore. The works explore the meaning of home through maps and mapping processes. 

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