Sociologist Avtar Brah defines “diaspora space (as opposed to that of diaspora)” as a conceptual category that “includes the entanglement, the intertwining of the genealogies of dispersion with those of ‘staying put’”. In the reconciliation of such “entanglement,” the diasporian subjects, as scholar Sara Ahmed describes, take up unfamiliar spaces with their bodies to inhabit what “might come to feel like home”.
In Where have I arrived?, curated by Sherry Chunqing Liu, artists Lotus Laurie Kang, Brubey Hu, and Patrick Cruz echo one another as they render palpable the personal and untranslatable feelings in moments of longing and disorientation that emerge from their inhabitation of “diaspora space”. The in-betweenness of the conceptual diaspora space and the literal lived environments become unfolded, or more tangible, through the artists’ hands.
This exhibition is produced as part of the requirements for the MVS degree in Curatorial Studies at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, University of Toronto.
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