Photo: Marianne Heske, Prosjekt Gjerdeløa, installation view “tour-Retour”, Astrup Fearnley Museet, 2014
Press release, November 2018
Far From Home
1 December 2018 – November 2020, level 6
With focus firmly on the idea of home and the challenges faced by individuals in modern society, ARoS concludes the trilogy that began with Out of the Darkness in 2014. The exhibition asks the salient question – where is home?
From December, visitors to ARoS can experience the exhibition Far From Home, a presentation of the museum’s collection of contemporary art. How should we, in global times epitomised by being on the move and existing in a world with endless opportunities, construe the idea of home? Why does it remain a fundamental part of the human psyche and self-image?
The exhibition is not about home in the physical sense of a residence furnished according to taste and social identity. On the contrary, it is about the feeling of being at home and everything that might prevent us from regarding a specific place as home.
- The exhibition presents the home as a mental and philosophical entity, bringing into focus identity, mobility, loneliness, and fellowship. The exhibition is powerful with a hint of wistful sadness, addressing the way an individual’s psychology copes in a modern changing world, says Erlend G. Høyersten, museum director, ARoS.
The selection and juxtaposition of works in Far From Home were made on the premise of the home as a physical place and the home as an interhuman and mental living room.
- There will be an opportunity for visitors to take an active part in Far From Home and to stroll through a poetic narrative which will touch them and elicit a reflection on the concept of home in this day and age, concludes Erlend G. Høyersten.
Far From Home is the last exhibition in a trilogy based on the museum’s collection, intended to present alternative ideas as to how a museum can showcase and talk about relevant themes from our times through text, format, orchestration, and juxtaposition of works. The first exhibition, Out of the Darkness, 2014, thematised the structure and power of the great narratives, addressing the global challenges facing humanity. The second exhibition, No Man is an Island – The Satanic Verses, 2016, used the forceful political, economic, and cultural changes which Europe underwent at the time as a backdrop. Whereas the first exhibition was structured around a global perspective, the next had a specific geographical focus. Far From Home moves in with you – to the core of people’s mental sphere. From the global world to the individual’s experience of feeling at home in this world.
The closing date for Far From Home has not yet been decided.
The exhibition is inspired from an idea by Erlend G. Høyersten and is curated in collaboration with Erik Nørager Pedersen and Jakob Vengberg Sevel, both curators at ARoS Aarhus Art Museum
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