Returning to The Place I Know

Alicia Flannery
October 21-November 22, 2015

“We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.” 
― T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets

This is a season of homecoming: autumn is a time of return, coming back after a summer of travels and idyllic days. We return to familiar rhythms and settle into patterns even as we anticipate the upcoming holidays and make plans to celebrate with family and friends. We turn our thoughts to home - whatever shape that may take and however it makes sense to us. The journey is always there; whether it is the physical movement towards the place we call home, or whether it is an emotional movement back through the annals of our personal stories, we sense the never-ceasing desire to read the past in order to understand our present. 

‘Returning to The Place I Know’ explores both a personal and communal odyssey through Alicia Flannery’s visual storytelling. Flannery’s use of nostalgic images beckons us to a collective memory while prodding us to consider how we grapple with and understand issues still prevalent today.

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Curated by Christina Young


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