Host was shown at Cecilia Brunson Projects as part of Contagion, 2020. The work presents an attraction, a gravitational force that pulls two dissimilar objects together in tension and negotiation. An everyday familiar piece of house furniture encounters a strange, plain and simple object while a spotlight highlights this relationship. Can these objects live together? Can they co-exist?
As part of Contagion show, “Host” calls attention to different meanings of the term: host as a biological carrier able to disseminate or spread a virus but also as someone that receives or entertains people. I attempt to problematize these meanings or relationships and enquire about the significance of hospitality and the implications of being a foreigner today, within the present complex socio-political state of affairs.