w h e r e v e r y o u a r e , b e a l l t h e r e
Float to Utopia- Good Place But Nowhere
ceramic, wood, acrylic, mirror
Hermit crab has been a motif that I used in interpreting the experience of diaspora. I continue to work on this motif in this installation work, Float to Utopia– Good Place but Nowhere. I was in Europe when the refugee crisis broke out, I met a few refugees in Istanbul. I could never forget the simple conversations I made with these trembling souls.
In the hostel I lived, I met a young boy at the reception. He carried a small backpack with him wherever he went. One night I saw him at the reception till late and casually asked when he would be off from work so he could go home.'I don’t have a home anymore.', He replied. I couldn’t give any response, the silence was so loud. I didn’t know he was actually a refugee, trying to make a living in the hostel. How could I forget the small backpack that the boy was holding so tightly? He had few belongings with him, which was all that he has, and the only connection with the home he used to know. This unbearable lightness of life has never been so vivid.
This work purely expresses my compassion and respect to these strong-minded ones who have done everything they can to reach a better land. The work reflects the longing for utopia in a disappointing world. Meanwhile, the Map of Utopia (1516) published by Thomas More is included as one part of the installation. The map actually illustrates the true meaning of the word 'Utopia'—a good place but can be found nowhere.