A car loaded with personal possessions turned into a living space – an impossible home for a “modern nomad unable to belong and grow roots”.
This personal yet universal piece by German-Syrian artist Manaf Halbouni speaks of his transient life in exile from Damascus. It also stands as a moving testament to loss, resilience and hope for over 50 million displaced people across the world, who are often forced to hastily pack a few cherished belongings onto a car before escaping war, natural disaster or conflict.
‘Nowhere is Home’ was displayed at the Southbank Centre from 16-21 June 2015 (as an outdoor installation linked to the dis/placed show), and at the V&A’s Friday Late event on 26th June. From 22 – 25 June, the car was driven around London as an interactive installation, generating public engagement with issues relating to global displacement.
Originally commissioned for the exhibition ‘Dispossessed’ at the Venice Biennale by Wroclaw with Dredesn and Lviv. This partner piece for Refugee Week 2015 has been co-commissioned by the V&A and Counterpoints Arts.
Here you can see a short video about the making of Manaf’s piece by super talented Isla Gordon-Crozier.