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The "defining: home project" seeks to socially engage the public by inciting dialogue and understanding of our individual and collective definitions of “home.”

In 2015, with the generous support of the Turkish Cultural Foundation, the “defining: home project" began in Istanbul, Turkey. This photography and film project documented the varied and evolving definitions of “home” for Turkish residents and Syrian refugees in Turkey. ”defining: home” is an effort toward making connections and identifying patterns common to Syrian, Turkish, and Native American people in the context of forced migration, politics, homeland, and human rights. 

More information on this project can be found here: "Defining: Home Project"

www.defininghome.tumblr.com

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In 2015, the defining: home project's first group of artists included:

 Gözde Kırksekiz

Ümmühan Yörük

Khalid Eid

Heidi K. Brandow

The "defining: home project" - Turkey involved photo documentation of residents while also documenting the places/home-sites of people residing in Turkey. In addition to independent research and photo documentation, "defining: home project - istanbul" included an exhibition, presentations, and discussions of participating artists work, These events were made possible in part by Halka Sanat Projesi and Pi Artworks. 

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artist presentations @ halka sanat projesi, istanbul, turkey

june 2015

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artist presentations @ halka art project, istanbul, turkey

june 2015

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exhibition @ halka art project, istanbul, turkey

june 2015

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In 2016, the “defining: home project" has been extended with the support of the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution, and the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) Social Engagement Artist Residency. In its second iteration, I am exploring the definitions of home for residents and non-residents of Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA. As it was true for “defining: home - Istanbul”, the goal of “defining: home - Santa Fe” is to incite dialogue that may otherwise go unspoken and shed light on the diverse stories of community members. 

More information on this project can be found at:

Defining: Home Project

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interview excerpt of "defining: home project" participant, Brian Vallo. 

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"defining: home project" participant, Laura Fischer, explains her definition of home. 

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"defining: home project" participant, Kaz Tani, explains his definition of "home."

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The “defining: home project" is an ongoing social engagement art project. It is the artists' sole desire to continue expanding the audience and participants of the "defining: home project" to additional communities domestically and internationally.

Check out the Defining: Home Project blog as it is a tool for the artist to continually display the progress, interviews, reflections of this project with the public as it evolves. Since this is an ongoing project, there is a continuous Open Call for the public to participate. Feel free to contact me. Thank you for your time + support.