‘Feels like home’ is an exhibition of paintings drawn from the personal photo archives of immigrants, refugees and other itinerants about leaving home and creating a new home. It is an ongoing series that explores themes of home, displacement, immigration and the effect of political policies that restrict movement.
Thomas Cartwright was born in Toronto and lives in Cape Town, South Africa, and shuttled between the two in his youth; he is, perhaps consequently, drawn to themes of displacement and resettlement. Both his ‘homes’ (Toronto Islands and Cape Town) are rich in natural beauty, and his work consistently explores the coming together of the natural world and the human-made, constructed one. He is drawn to beauty and he is drawn to meaning, and his work is an exploration of both.
Born in Darfur, Sudan.
Also lived in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Now lives in Montreal, Canada.
Taj: Darfur, Syria
19 x 25 narrative
This one is around my village in Darfur. Two big mountains surround my village, and there are also small ranges of mountains, with rivers and trees all around – from sugar cane to guava trees, mango trees, bananas and many other fruit trees.
Taj: Tel Aviv, Israel
17 x 20 narrative
This drink is called "Jabana" and is well known in Sudan, Eritrea and Ethiopia. It’s considered a social thing, when people sit and drink: it is not only coffee, but comes with snacks and music and chatting. Usually women prepare it and men share it to drink. It starts in some places as early as 12 and goes on in places until 8 pm.