- 196 pages
- 180 colour photographs, drawings & documents
- Texts in English and French
- 23 × 28 cm
- Section sewn silkscreened flexi hardcover
- Published by Aperture & Fondation d'Enterprise Hermès, October 2018
French-Palestinian artist Taysir Batniji is the third recipient of Immersion, a French American Photography Commission, a program launched by the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès in alliance with Aperture Foundation. In Home Away from Home, Batniji brings together photographs, selections from family archives, drawings, and writings to explore the sense of dislocation and the di erent ideas of “home” experienced by various members of his family who immigrated to the United States from the Middle East. The work Batniji has created, during visits to Florida and California, strives to connect to and understand his “American cousins” through their daily lives, the objects that surround them, and the homes they have made. The resulting photographs and portraits, interviews, and sketches from memory of the family homestead in Gaza question what it means to share a history, even among relative strangers—and what happens to a sense of the past and of belonging when opting for new identities and new homes.
For Home Away From Home, alongisde Lesley Martin we comprehensively edited and sequenced the artists' vast collections of images, historical documents from Palestine and his watercolour responses to the subject. The book interweaves these images through a responsive grid and varying paper stocks, while the texts move across trimmed bilingual pages - all interspersed and mixed to characterise the multiple outcomes and possibilities of displacement.