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Home is where the body isn't // Henrique Paris


Opening 12 Sept 5-8pm

With Performance ‘Defining Space By Not Conforming To It.’ 7:30pm
Continues 13-28 Sept

Free, Open Wed-Sat 11-5pm & Until 8pm Thurs At Turf, Whitgift Centre, Croydon CR01UQ

Dancing is my way of escapism.
If I feel ‘home’, I will dance.
If I’m a singer, if I feel home, I will sing.

Home is where the body isn’t.’ is an exhibition of work by this year’s Turf x Croydon College artist-in-residence, Henrique Paris. Henrique is a multidisciplinary artist exploring how structures like ‘home’, space, time, movement and verbal language can either restrict or free us in expressing ourselves. The exhibition takes as its starting point the idea of ‘home’ as a feeling, as opposed to a physical place. The works in the show – which include photography, video, sculpture, text, and performance – explore this feeling and consider how our sense of ‘home’ can inform our ability /inability to communicate with the world around us.

Our voices don’t lie, the words do.
Language doesn’t have the capacity to enable everyone to express themselves fully.

Much of the work considers the body as an instrument for expression, providing a method of communication that sits outside of the structures of spoken language. Some of Henrique’s work is intended to provoke you to move through or around them in a certain pattern – reflecting his belief that tiny subliminal or unintentional actions embody what feels natural to us.

Henrique has talked of this interest as being rooted in his own experiences of movement and migration, as an artist of Angolan heritage, who was born in Portugal, and now lives and works in the UK. An individual who is bilingual, he holds a fascination with words and definitions, and an awareness of both the potentials and limitations of language. If the invisible structures that impose themselves on everyone don’t necessarily serve us all well, or function in the same way for all of us, then how much can they influence what we choose to share with others? How do we push back against such frameworks?


The Turf x Croydon College residency is a yearly opportunity for Croydon College students. The residency offers a solo exhibition opportunity following a free studio space for a month, mentorship & professional development, £500 for the successful applicant and £500 materials budget.



Henrique Paris’ practice is based on philosophical questions around; being, human behaviour, communication and cultural & social structures which affect our behaviours. In turn, Paris explores how these behaviours represent ourselves in the world. Often Paris’ practice is a collaborative endeavour between the artist and other individuals, or involves the setting up of situations and installations where others are influenced to intereact or behave in certain ways.
Paris has completed Croydon School of Art’s Foundation Art & Design course in 2019.

Find more of Henrique Paris’ work at @h00dvisionario

Earlier Event: September 5
[LOFT] Resilience Croydon 2019
Later Event: September 19
[LOFT] Woman Enough