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The "defining: home project" is a social engagement-art project that collects the stories, experiences, and definitions of individual and collective definitions of “home.”

As an artist-in-residence at Halka Sanat Projesi in Istanbul, Turkey in 2014, Turkey and the European Union experienced a flood of political refugees from Syria and other middle-eastern countries. Thousands of distraught refugees crowded the streets of Istanbul. Men, women, children, and elderly refugees faced desperate circumstances while Turkish nationals were often left overwhelmed by the sheer volume of people in need.

The turmoil and intensity of this situation could not be ignored. As a Dine (Navajo)/Native Hawaiian person, the experience made me reflect on my own cultural history as it relates to conflict, genocide, and access to basic human rights. Through conversations with Turkish nationals, ex-patriots, and refugees, I was inspired to pursue a project that shed light on this event.

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 refugees in Turkey. Through the stories shared, the ”defining: home” project participants reflected on the most basic and fundamental right to human existence - a home.

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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 sanat projesi

istanbul, turkey

june 2015

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exhibition @ halka sanat projesi

june 2018

istanbul, turkey

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In 2016, the “defining: home project" was extended with support from 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, residents and non-residents of Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA shared their varying definitions of home.

April 2016

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Pictured:

Max Carlos Martinez, Eliza Naranjo Morse, Carolyn Riman

Santa Fe, NM, USA

April 2016

       
     
"Defining: Home" Project | Santa Fe, NM - Brian

Brian Vallo (Acoma Pueblo)

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Defining: Home Project | Santa Fe, NM - Laura

Laura Fischer

santa fe, nm, usa

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Reuben Hesselden

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"Defining: Home" Project | Santa Fe, NM - Alexa

Alexa Mangrum

santa fe, nm, usa

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"defining: home" project | santa fe, nm (USA)

Kaz Tani

santa fe, nm, usa

april 2016

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