Home Soil experiences are of the people, for the people. Through collaboration and participation, Home Soil offers common ground upon which the experience of citizenship, homeland, (for the moment) no longer matters. The body is one’s home. And since utopia is a faulty design, a non-destination, we create situations where everyday subjective reality shifts. We understand the world is made up of borders; but we insist on crossing those borders: encounters that create paths you might not have taken/have been able to take. In order to confront nationalistic tendencies we examine tensions within one’s body, one’s body in relation to others, one’s body in relation to others in spaces/sites. We live in a world where witnessing inequities is an everyday experience, live or virtual. Our work responds to this. You can do something in the present, here and now. You can experience other realities, modes of thinking, or ways of doing, so that being in the world is being in support of others.
To extend ourselves outside the art world and to position our work within different platforms, we arrange and structure projects—performances as public intervention, archives as activism, and workshops as event—in order to access as many publics as possible.
A Brief Biography
I grew up in the theatre. It was where I learned to activate body and voice in ways that contribute to humanity. Born in Denver, Colorado to an American mother and an Iranian father, I spent most of my childhood in the southern part of the United States. In school, raising a hand to declare my family name, Sardashti, evoked an invisible mark of displacement. Estrangement was normal. However, theatre offred community. In this place a person’s ability to create dynamic movement and play with words held more significance than a name.
Across the last nine years I have created performances in Seoul, London, Los Angeles, Glorenza, Venice, Florence, Bolzano, Milan and San Diego. I am concerned with how intersections of live art, performance ethnography and socially engaged art mediate cultural transformation. In addition to pursuing a PhD in Philosophy, Art and Social Thought at The European Graduate School under the supervision of professor Judith Butler, I am earning an MS in Conflict Management and Resolution at the University of San Diego. My artistic practice has moved through several mediums since starting actor training 23 years ago, but using performance to pose questions, connect with others and shift perception has remained consistent. Theatre is a passion that keeps me from pursuing a career in politics.
Zoya Sardashti-Creative Director