About this exhibition

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In this exhibition, Asadi explores the diasporic experiences and domestic spaces of migrants through the lens of Michel Foucault’s concept of heterotopia. Literally meaning ‘other places’, a heterotopia is a world within a world which simultaneously mirrors and distinguishes itself from its external environment. These sites have many purposes; they can be spaces for transformation or reconstitution, for rewriting the traditional confines of identity, or allowing individuals to locate their identity within multiple contexts at once.

Asadi is an artist whose practice is concerned with the human condition, and in this immersive exhibition he investigates the relationship between migrants and the new places and contexts they find themselves in. When people are disconnected from their roots and familiar environment, the experience can create the sense that one’s identity is difficult to define. This state of duality is often apparent in the home, where domestic spaces become places where cultures, philosophies, histories and communities are brought together to create a unique and idiosyncratic reality.

Omid Asadi’s Autopsy of a Home has been commissioned by CFCCA working in partnership with PROFORMA. CFCCA and PROFORMA have also commissioned Asadi to create Hansel and Gretel, a new performance in response to the exhibition at CFCCA which formed part of LOITER, a one-day Live Contemporary Art walk connecting Manchester with Salford. For more details, read more about Hansel and Gretel here.

Artworks featured in Autopsy of a Home have been created with workspace support from Castlefield Gallery’s New Art Spaces.




More about PROFORMA:

PROFORMA is a non-profit visual art, performance and curating platform in Greater Manchester supporting artists and curators by commissioning new work and providing artist exchange opportunities while offering an essential programme for artists’ development including mentoring and peer-led talks.

Founded by creative director Chris Bailkoski, exhibitions have so far included showcasing mid-career artists at The Dancehouse Theatre, Manchester, The Manchester Contemporary, SET Space, Dalston, Abingdon Studios, Blackpool, Begehungen festival Chemnitz and Corte Supernova during Venice Biennale 2019.


Image credit: Omid Asadi, Falling (2018), at the Holden Gallery, Manchester. Image courtesy of the artist.