International women artists’ exhibition explores the question of ” Home”
Private view Friday 11 October 2013 at the Sofia Gallery, Bulgarian Cultural Institute,188 Queen’s Gate, South Kensignton.
A couple years ago, after I came to London back from Australia, I met up with Paola Minekov to catch up over coffee in Herne Hill. At the time we had both been considering buying a house, Paola had found something, I was a little more indecisive and never made the move, while she is now living in her home. We spoke about our projects and I told her about my anecdote in Australia and my interest in now working on the concept of home. Paola too had been working on the same idea, and felt very strongly about a topic I come to realise is more and more relevant to our time in its complexity and calls for complex answers.
Born in Morocco, from a Moroccan father and Austrian mother, I have always been and felt in between. I spent over 10 years living in London, and since 2010 I have divided my time between London, Rabat and Los Angeles, and the many places on the ongoing project of Latitude 34 that had ne travel around the world. It has led me to investigate and question the notion of home, space, culture, identity, the notion of non place and their relationship between each other. Where is home has no straighforwad answer and certainly not the expected home is where we are. My sens of belonging, as much physial as cultural calls for a complex answer. It called for another question: what is home. I try to find answers through my artistic practice and through my two blogs:
Malika Sqalli: Home is where one starts from