With texts by Irmgard Emmelhainz, Dr Lana Sirri, Mathijs van Geest and Nora Adwan
"What can be said about the experience of growing up in a place that is not one’s actual home; when that home is a result of forced dispersion? Both consciously and subconsciously guilt and grief are tied to the understanding that where you live is not actually the place you were supposed to grow in. The guilt of abandonment, of not helping others. The grief of leaving something behind, of having something taken from you.
Yet there are traces and messages, objects, sounds and smells
that keep reminding you of that other place. You understand that
the fruits you eat can have special meaning, rare treats which
become symbols for this other place. At night, you sing old songs
to your child that you know by heart, even though you hardly speak
the language you sing them in.
After lullabies comes sleeping, and with sleeping come
dreams. The night is a time when memories resurface. In dreams
one can exist in more than one place. Dreams move you in and out
of this place called home and “home”."
Edited: Mathijs van Geest
Texts: Irmgard Emmelhainz and Dr. Lana Sirri
Design: Common Ground
Published: Hordaland Kunstsenter, 2022
Number of pages: 84
Weight: 295 g.
Dimensions: 24 x 16,5 x 1cm.
ISBN: 97882 93366102
Available in bookshops and online from: Hordaland Kunstsenter, Bergen and Astrup Fearnley Museum, Oslo