The home is a universal concept which has engaged artists for centuries.
Historically, the home has been a symbol of the 'Australian dream': the pinnacle of one's life achievements and representation of idyllic family life. The home is a place where you can be your authentic self, develop relationships and rituals, and safely perform culture without prejudice.
But as economic volatility, conflict and displacement have threatened the comfort and security of the home, it has transformed into a vulnerable site of alienation for many people. Particularly in the Covid-19 age, the home has, quite literally, become our everything: a place for work, socialising, worship, leisure and rest.
Where the heart is surveys the different ways the home has been used in modern times. Deeply personal multidisciplinary artworks by emerging and established Australian Muslim artists tell stories of anxiety, reflection, migration, belonging and nostalgia. Paintings, photographs, digital illustrations and mixed media pieces explore the physical experience of the dwelling space and the psychology of the home.