TAMMY  WONG  HULBERT

Global Nomad (2017)

Expanding on my earlier work in relation to the transient home, I became interested to see how my homes could exist in other urban contexts. These photos (by Shane Hulbert) were taken in a newly designed and built shopping centre near where I reside in Melbourne. I was struck by these glamorous 'non spaces' (Auge, 1995) generic environments, which could also be identified as functioning as any number of public spaces, such as the airport or even a contemporary art museum. I considered how my transient homes may be perceived in these generic spaces of global cities, which is in some ways are becoming increasingly lacking in cultural identity, when our cities are becoming increasingly culturally diverse. The images further explores the idea of belonging and perhaps highlights the question 'Is it possible to feel a sense of belonging in urban spaces that are not meant for meaningful engagement?'