Event Information

Date & Time
June 1, 2010 - 10:00am to November 30, 2010 - 5:00pm
The Clayman Institute
589 Capistrano Way
94305 Stanford , CA
California US

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Heike Liss, Home is When I Belong


Home is When I Belong is an exhibition that brings together photographs from two series of works by Heike Liss, a German born artist who spends her time living, working, and travelling in California and Europe with her husband and two children.The first series, home/away from 2002-2005, contains photographs taken in hotel rooms during the artist's travels. On each trip, Liss carries a reminder object from home, and these family tokens often appear in images, remarking the hotel environment as a hybrid space of both "home" and "away". Liss says: "I think of these images as portraits that speak of a sense of a lack of belonging: in a place, in a time, in the world." The second series of photographs in Home is When I Belong is the artist's more formal Family Portraits from 2003-2005. Here Liss photographs people in their homes in Oakland, eloquently capturing the diverse range of family structures possible today. Across both series, Liss investigates how we define ourselves in relation to the fundamentally human concepts of "home" and "family." Her photographs reveal the fluidity of identity and "locatedness" within the dynamic environment available to our generation.