A question of identity that never arises until it is taken away is that of the home. It forms a seemingly stable and unwavering part of personal history, this stability only called into question when the prospect of leaving or losing your home becomes a reality. Helen Teede explores the relationship between home and identity in the exhibition, Unhomed; the title borrowed from Sigmund Freud via Homi K Bhabha. Teede's paintings tell of her personal experience of permanently leaving her home, a fragile story of disentanglement and severance from the place she grew up. Her work traverses a fine line between the familiar and the terrifying, becoming part of a wider discourse on migration and displacement both in Zimbabwe and across the world today, one that is intimately connected with violence. While the process is fraught with uncertainty it speaks to a shared humanity, fostering a commitment to be of a place and of a time that makes genuine tolerance and reconciliation possible.
Showcase Gallery has established a venerable reputation with art collectors and designers alike. Focusing on the old-new antithesis, the gallery juxtaposes rare antiques from the region with an arsenal of contemporary art. Showcase Gallery places an importance on emerging artists and remains an intrinsic commercial institution within the art market of UAE. It showcases contemporary art by emerging artists from Europe, USA and the MENA region, with a focus on art from Africa.
12 March – May 12 2017
Location: Unit 35, Alserkal Avenue
Open: Saturdays – Thursdays 10.00 -19.00
14 March 2017
16:00 – 16:30 Artist Talk: Helen Teede explores the concept of ‘home’, Yard Majlis
Helen Teede, Rhetoric of Origins, Rain and oil on canvas, 190 x 160 cm