This project is based around individuals’ ideas of home in relation to place. The work will be made up of a video combining images and interviews submitted by people from all over the world discussing their ideas of home and place. The video was exhibited in a caravan or ‘mobile home’ that has been modified to be both a screening room and accommodation for the artist during the exhibition. This work was designed to encourage viewers to spend time sitting and talking with the artist and other participants. It is only through understanding others that we come to understand ourselves.
As a recent migrant to Australia these ways of connecting to friends and family back in Canada have become intrinsic to my notions of home and place. In his book Place and Placelessness Edward Relph states that we can only understand place in relation to space and non-places. Ideas of home and place are different for every individual and are have historically been locally based. Although these ideas differ from person to person, town to town and country to country, we all understand ourselves and our place in the world through comparison. It is my aim that through seeing places significant to others, we may better understand and appreciate our own ideas of home and place.
In 2003 Christopher Boha received his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with a major in Glass from the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary Canada. Since that time Christopher has travelled extensively and spent time working and studying with many different artists from around the world.
For almost 10 years Christopher was based out of Calgary Canada maintaining a full time art practice with works ranging from mixed media and glass sculpture to large-scale public art and custom metal and glass installations.
Christopher’s work can be found in international collections in New Zealand, England, Australia, Canada and the United States. His current work focuses on identity, immigration and material notions of home. As an immigrant to Australia, having moved from Canada in 2009, Christopher’s work often contains traces of inspiration founded in his personal experiences of immigration.
At present Christopher lives and works in Adelaide, South Australia with his partner Gabriella and daughter Neko, and is currently enrolled in the PHD of visual arts program at the University of South Australia.