In this exhibition at Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, Omid Asadi explores the diasporic experiences and domestic spaces of migrants through the lens of Michel Foucault’s concept of heterotopia. Literally meaning ‘other places’, a heterotopia is a world within a world that simultaneously mirrors and distinguishes itself from its external environment. These sites have many purposes; they can be spaces for transformation or reconstitution, for rewriting the traditional confines of identity, or allowing individuals to locate their identity within multiple contexts at once.
Asadi is an artist whose practice is concerned with the human condition, and in this immersive exhibition he investigates the relationship between migrants and the new places and contexts they find themselves in. When people are disconnected from their roots and familiar environment, the experience can create the sense that one’s identity is difficult to define. This state of duality is often apparent in the home, where domestic spaces become places where cultures, philosophies, histories and communities are brought together to create a unique and idiosyncratic reality.