In a series of architectural blueprints, Sabahan artist Harold Eswar attempts to map out what he terms “spatial biographies” of the buildings where he and his family have lived in before, or currently reside. Coordinates specified in the drawing mirrors the artist’s own migrations: 5°21'13.2"N 116°09'13.1"E refers to his childhood village in Keningau district in rural Sabah, East Malaysia, and 5°19'41.8"N 115°14'08.8"E, the urbanized federal territory of Labuan, to which he moved as a child from Keningau. Inserted into the blueprints are textual narratives passed down through his family. The artist remarks: “Events that I deem important are included in the exact spot where they happened. These are verbally recounted histories passed down during conversations, and over dinner, drinking sessions. I have been documenting these family events and working them into spatial biographies of family homes. My family does a lot that is not sustainable, environmentally friendly, nor even healthy, but hopefully when we pass our homes to the next generation, we would know what to and what not to plan for.”
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