2011, 12" by various widths, Archival Inkjet prints
In light of the global economic crisis, the idea of saving for the future is fraught with uncertainty. A popular belief among Canadians is that it is safer to invest in real estate, one’s home, rather than the market. Nonetheless, the concept of ‘home’ is complex. Art critic John Berger theorizes that the concept of home represents something tangible, a haven from the chaos of society, which he calls the “real”.
This body of work evolved out of my interest for how the average person expresses their personal sense of reality through the décor of their home. Having lived in both the suburbs and later the city core, I’ve observed that no matter where you are, houses speak to the personalities of their occupants, particularly when contrasted with their neighbours.
Home is a hybridization of the still camera and Google mapping, resulting in multi-perspective street panoramas. Each image is constructed around a house that is recognized publicly for its uniqueness. Viewed as a whole, the collection of streets encourages a dialogue about the history of immigration in Toronto and how Torontonians assert their identities on the intersection of the public and private spheres of their front yards.