About Home

Photo by Jassy Earl

Following the artistic exploration of the theme of Migration in the original PUSH project we will open up the topic to a broader exploration of home and how our relationship with that idea influences our identity, our sense of safety or lack thereof, and what happens when we use homes or streets where people live as spaces where artists and the public meet.

And how do the depictions of home in work for young audiences affect children and young people, epsecially where their experience of home is different to what is being depicted on stage? Over half of the world's displaced people are children. As the massive movement of people over the past two years has changed the demographic landscape of Europe and the world, we are interested in exploring how this has altered and informed our ideas of what we call home. What does it mean for those whose home place has stayed stable? Does their definition of home need to evolve to accommodate the consequences of mass global migration?

With children in mind, what is home? How do we build it? Who has a right to define it? Can we do it alone or does home, by definition, require a community? Who are the communities or agencies who enable or prevent this? Is this a local issue to be dealt with in small communities or rather, a matter of importance to national and federal states? Are children's voices being heard in the discussion and decision making around these issues? Does home have a different meaning for children and for adults?

As western countries, we agree that citizens and refugees have a right to shelter and that shelter and comfort are a human need. And yet, we see instances of states being unable to resolve their housing and homelessness problem which, in turn, puts pressure on their willingness to welcome new refugee communities. We are committed to engaging artists in exploring some of these questions: What is the process by which shelter becomes a home and a home place? How do experiences of migration inform the place-making that is involved in making a home? Do you bring a home with you from another? How does experience of place create identity and belonging, both of which are essential to an understanding of home?

Through this topic we will explore the concept of home and ask if home is somewhere that implies a degree of permanence as opposed to a point on the map where you originated from. If you spend twenty years being raised and educated in Tehran then live in Belgium for another twenty, where is home?  What is it to live in a middle space where neither country is fully home?

Home is hosted by:

Lab - Imaginate, Scotland
Residency - Krokusfestival, Belgium
Festival Presentation - Showbox (Scenekunstbruket), Norway