Chantine Akiyama and Brandon Snyder: *home*
April 28 - May 19, 2019
Image: Chantin Akiyama, Play, 2019.
Sound: Brandon Snyder, excerpts from Hammock and Children, 2019.
Courtesy of the artists and BAAA Gallery.
BAAA Gallery is
pleased to present Chantine Akiyama and Brandon Lincoln Snyder’s multi-media
installation *home*. Akiyama and Snyder’s creative collaborations began in 2018 with the
production of Chantine’s master’s thesis: “Sights and sounds of home: An
experimental conversation between seeing and hearing in architecture,”
performed at the Harvard Graduate School of Design in January, 2019. Akiyama
and Snyder share interests in expressing the mundane, spiritual, affectionate,
and joyous through sound, space, and visuals.
What is “home”? How does it feel? What does it sound like? What does it look like? Is it a place, a person, an object that makes home *home*? And how steadfast does home cling to us? In a transient city like Boston, young professionals and students are constantly moving. No place or community is permanent, yet the idea of home is one that is familiar and real—one that we can call to our memory readily.
As we grow up, we often leave our first home, the one of our childhood. Our physical bodies leave that physical space, but the emotional connection to home is tethered to a deeper part of ourselves. Not just a geographic coordinate but a domain both physical and emotional, home is simultaneously always—and never—changing. Imbued in furniture, beds, utensils, doors, and carpets are routines and rhythms around which our most vulnerable selves learn to dwell. To feel the grain of wood on a bed frame, or catch the faint smell of a carpet, is to unearth forgotten childhood memories.
What has home become?