Home Sweet Home

How much can a photograph of home convey? What lies beyond the banal objects, habits and routines that litter our everyday space? Rather a lot actually, claims Home Sweet Home 1970-2018: The British Home, A Political History, a sweeping exhibition on view at this year’s Rencontres d’Arles. The show includes thirty artists working across different generations, who are brought together to dissect and peruse the culture, society and politics of a few decades of recent British history. And the group is diverse. We see some household names, some lesser-known gems; some British, some foreign; some committed documentarians, and others transforming domestic space into something more surreal and unfamiliar. Yet, all are united in their captivation by the intimate, private space that we call ‘home.’