Away From Home is a series of photographs that explore the dualities that surround the idea of home: between presence and absence, permanence and impermanence and belonging and displacement. The project engages in the lived experiences of liminality from the perspectives of the transnational diaspora from Burma. Away From Home investigates themes of migration, belonging, place and notions of home.
Drawing on the ordinariness of interactions across familial divisions, the photographs combine typologies, images of stateless environments and domestic and psychological spaces to comment on feelings of statelessness within the transnational lives of the people involved. The significance of the diasporic transnational network needs to be further elucidated, not only in terms of the political and peacemaking contexts that exist but also through ethnographic studies that investigate the multifaceted identities and sense of belonging in transnational communities.
These works aim to develop new understandings of the multidimensional complexities of being a refugee–both home and away–and expand on longstanding traditions of documentary photographic practice. At a time of increasing displacement and familial upheaval, it is important to take note of the ways people experience transcultural familial situations and how difference is lived on the ground.
The work of Brisbane based photographer Tammy Law explores stories that stem from lived experience. Reflective and evocative, her work expresses a fragile kind of belonging throughout the themes of migration and home.