Architekturmuseum der TUM, Pinakothek der Moderne. Munich, Germany
»The construction of the homeplace, however fragile and tenuous, had a radical political dimension... One’s homeplace was the one site where one could freely confront the issue of humanization, where one could resist – homeplace (a site of resistance).«
- bell hooks, 1990
‘Homeplace. A Love Letter’ re-imagines and re-configures the Rotunda as a site for critical reflections on the spatiality of dwelling, sharing with-and-inviting visitors to contemplate on possible forms and commonalities a home might invoke and hold. Through an assemblage of beaded curtains, sound, and storytelling deftly navigating the waters of history, memory, and identity, the installation centers Afrodiasporic experiences to carve out imaginations of home otherwise by weaving together personal and interpersonal intricacies of belonging.
As diasporic women mediating, bridging, and blurring the boundaries between northern and southern hemispheres through daily orchestrations, in coming together, Matri-Archi(tecture) interrogates the plurality of a homeplace as a transitional place, not fixed in scale, duration or state, while honoring, celebrating and referencing African and diasporic rituals and spatial histories.
Artist: Matri-Archi(tecture) - Abdé Batchati, Afaina de Jong, Aisha Mugo, Khensani Jurczok-de Klerk, Margarida Waco
Curator: Andres Lepik
Curatorial assistant: Anja Albrecht
Supported by: PIN. Freunde der Pinakothek der Moderne e.V
Catalogue graphic design: Sherida Kuffour
Poster and illustrations: Jehane Yezami