Neither here nor there
In moving to Canada, part of me was left behind in my motherland, and since my arrival, I am transforming into a person who is no longer there nor here but between two homelands, two cultures, and realities. I started struggling with a tentative sensation, being situated in-between, between my unreachable past and my uncertain future. In the installation of Neither here nor there, I intermingled my photographs of Calgary with my photos from my homeland, Iran, to explore the feeling of in-betweenness and ambiguity that has troubled me since I moved here. It is an attempt to achieve a sense of belonging in a place that is not yet home. It also includes a family memory video that is projected into the photos. In the exhibition, I invite the audience to walk through this liminal space and identify with my everyday experience travelling between time and memory, entering a world of uncertainty, the ambiguous state I occupy.